Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis, an expert on politics on all levels, provides perhaps the clearest explanation we’ve yet to hear on what’s on the municipal ballot this fall.
Davis, who joined Dr. Jon Hershey on this week’s edition of Georgia Highlands’ Community Watch program, broke out what’s becoming her best prop yet in diagramming how six of the nine commission seats are on the ballot in the Nov. 5 election. That prop: Handfuls of Hershey kisses and M & Ms. With a map, we should add. Davis also put the low-tech, high-calorie example to work following Tuesday’s Business Development Committee meeting at City Hall.
Davis shows Hershey (no relation to the candy, which he probably regrets) which six seats are on the ballot:
- Ward One: Bill Irmscher, Milton Slack and Sundae Stevenson.
- Ward Three: Mayor Bill Collins, Craig McDaniel and Evie McNiece.
Due on the November 2021 ballot are the Ward Two commissioners: Davis, Jamie Doss and Randy Quick. (Background: City Commission)
Qualifying for the 2019 election begins in August and we expect a line to form outside City Clerk Joe Smith’s office based on current conversations. Don’t be surprised to see all six seats contest — though we doubt they will draw the 15 candidates we saw in the 2017 Rome Board of Education race for seven seats.
In each ward, one and three, the top three candidates win four-year terms on the City Commission.
What to watch for:
- Which of the six incumbents seek new terms.
- How current issues (2018-19) influence decisions to run. Some of the hot buttons will be downtown Rome (smoking ban, parking debate), the chamber/economic development controversy and the extra thousands of dollars it is costing both the city and county, and city administration.
Recommendation for city voters: Get your own candy as this could be one of the more noteworthy commission races in recent years.