Letter: Use 'rank voting' in upcoming election
As a former resident and still a frequent visitor, I want what is best for Grand Forks.
Grand Forks is facing huge challenges, some bad luck, some poor choices. The school district faces more than $77 million in deferred maintenance. Imagine how bad it would be if we had not previously been led by “the Superintendent of the Year” and self-described expert on school finance. Tariffs and weather caused ag to take a huge hit. COVID-19 is now threatening the livelihood of both businesses and employees. State revenue is also facing a huge hit.
This election will be critical for both the school district and the city. To date, four credible candidates have indicated they will run for Mayor. It is time for the city to take the advice of our late friend Eliot Glassheim and pass “rank voting.” Without it, a mayor may be elected with only 35% of the vote. With it, they will have at least 50% and a mandate to lead. This should apply for both the mayor and the council.