If you hadn’t noticed, there’s an election for mayor coming up in May. Mark Lucas, a political neophyte and businessman, is challenging incumbent David Bowers, a local lawyer who has three terms under his belt.
I’ve been giving this mostly issue-less race a lot of thought. After weighing the pros and cons of both candidates, and measuring them against each other, and considering certain other factors, I’ve come to believe it would be best if Mayor David Bowers was re-elected.
Best for me, I mean.
Recently, when Lucas hinted that Bowers is “a figurehead” of a mayor, he was bending over backwards with kindness. Although Bowers is affable, the best things you could say about him is he’s an expert glad-hander, ribbon-cutter and parade-leader.
Apart from that he’s difficult to take seriously. And those qualities make him wonderful fodder for a newspaper columnist.
To the mayor’s credit, he has mellowed and grown in certain ways. His early years in office were characterized by actions that called into question his judgment, temperament and his ability to put the interests of citizens above his own.
Remember the early years of Mayor David Bowers, such as when he browbeat an elderly constituent into tears during a city council meeting in 1996?
Or when he publicly stormed out of other meetings after disagreements with council members?
Remember Bowers’ embarrassing attempts to fatten his own wallet with a $5,000 pay increase in 1997, while city council approved 3.3 percent COLAs for rank-and-file workers? Those were so clumsy you would have sworn the guy could trip over a cordless phone.
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