Topic: Runoff Elections
Written by Sgt. David Cox
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs
Laghman Province, Afghanistan – In April, there were eight candidates vying to become Afghanistan’s next president; in June there were two. In as many months as there are candidates from the last election, the Afghans went to the voting booths to decide who will become their country’s next top official.
Leaders with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and the commander of Train Advise and Assist Command-Northeast assisted their counterparts with the Afghan National Security Forces as they executed their plans to ensure a safe and secure runoff election day process for voters June 14th, 2014, at the Operational Coordination Center- Regional, Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Laghman province, Afghanistan.
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Travis Thompson (right), the deputy commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, listens to a peer while advising his counterpart with the 201st corps Afghan National Army at Forward Operating Base Gamberi in Laghman province, June 14, 2014. (Sgt. David Cox, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)
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Clarksville, TN – The Charter Committee met Monday afternoon to continue efforts to update the city charter. A number of discussions were held, but no decisions reached. The mayor continued to press that we need to finish and that some things could be worked at later in the year.
It would be a prudent move to ensure that all issues are addressed and resolved either with the committee or upon the council floor. Two-thirds of the council must approve any charter update and recent efforts to ignore important issues have not resulted in a council willing accept things for political expediency. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – I had a question asked and I wish to clarify an item. The proposals for a 6-year term or a 2- year term (which was the final recommendation) to place the city mayor election out of sync with the county mayor’s race is a one time/election change only. After that one time, the mayor’s term would go back to four years as it is now. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – In the April 5th meeting of the Charter Committee a recommendation was made concerning the need for a runoff election for the office of mayor. Both McMillan and Burkhart had supported the need for a runoff during their election efforts. I have been on record as supporting a runoff also. If you refer to the minutes of the April meeting, you will see the committee looked at five different options. We had invited Vicki Koelman from the Election Commission to help us sort out the pros and cons of different options.
The committee, based on the information of issues and problems, decided on an approach that combined two of the options together. This option would have the mayoral election set for August and a runoff set for November. In addition, to avoid the confusion of running both the county and city mayoral elections at the same time in the same year, the city mayor’s race would be placed out of sync with the county by two years. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – As many of you know, the city is embarking upon its third effort to get a revised/updated charter through the state legislature. I am the chairman of this latest effort. We are entering the sections where the last revised charter effort dealt with powers and responsibilities of the council and mayor.
There were four or five areas within these sections that seemed to be the stumbling block for some at the state and local level, even though the State Attorney General had no legal issues with what was proposed. As I did the two previous times, I will come to you for some “brainstorming” on specific areas of the charter. «Read the rest of this article»