Aldermanic candidate Dan Goonan, the former fire chief, says he is trying to put the “non” back in “nonpartisan” in Manchester government. Good luck with that, chief.
Supposedly “non-partisan” elections were envisioned as a key to the city’s success when the idea was hatched, and sold to voters, by a previous city charter commission. The change did nothing to keep the political parties from pouring money and influence into the system.
This failure may be one of the reasons why voters in last week’s city primary overwhelmingly rejected a proposal for yet another charter commission. The people, as opposed to the politicians, are sick of them.
The latest scheme to allow the school board to have exclusive power over school district spending is the product of yet another charter initiative.
That idea will be on the ballot in November. The politicians are worried that the resounding “no!” vote last week does not bode well for this latest notion. We can only hope.