By Guardian Staff
The winners of last month’s municipal election will be seated tonight at 6 p.m. in council chambers. The largely ceremonial meeting–complete with the “Star-Spangled Banner” and the mayor’s children leading the Pledge of Allegiance–is the election of a mayor pro-tem.
And what exactly, you might ask, does the pro-tem do? S/he runs council meetings in the mayor’s absence and sits to the mayor’s left of the mayor on the dias. A $100-per-month bump in the paltry salary bonus to the councilor chosen for the position is also at stake.
Will the Ricks–newly elected councilors Smiley (D4) and Croskery (D5)–team up with the new At-Large, Calvin Mercer and D3’s Marion Blackburn, who were in the minority (check that, they completely comprised the minority) of the council’s last iteration, and elect one of themselves as pro-tem? It’s an open secret that Mercer supported the candidacies of the other three in this group, which is solidly middle-class, white and, with the exception of Blackburn, now entering her third term, male.
Any councilor can serve as mayor pro-tem, and in addition to Blackburn, Croskery, Mercer and Smiley, there’s Kandie Smith in D1, who’s entering her third two-year term, and Rose Glover in D2, who was pro-tem on the prior council and tonight begins her seventh council term.
Whom do you think they should choose, and why? Whom do you think they will choose?
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