Comment 49853

By Seine Mind (anonymous) | Posted October 19, 2010 at 22:02:53

Right, so a one-term qualification period. I'm good with that. If you can't hack it in a ward for four years while you lay groundwork for a run, you're just a tourist who's going to spend four years on the taxpayers' dime getting up to speed.

At least that's the theory. In reality, it's quite easy to spend four years somewhere and not have much of a clue about what's going on around you. And then there's the neighbourhoodism – Ward 2 in particular is a real socioeconomic potluck, and it's not as if you can't get elected while ignoring whole tracts of the ward. You could be a Durander, for example, and never venture downtown. Or a North-Ender who seldom crosses Main.

Bottom line? If you want better candidates, the answer is probably not top down. I imagine that there's greater success to be found by working from the grassroots up.

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