A provision that would disqualify residents of recently annexed neighborhoods from running for mayor or city council is among proposed amendments coming before the charter review commission for a final vote this afternoon.
Currently, candidates for city council must have lived in the city for at least a year before a city election or have had a “principal physical residence for a period of not less than one year immediately preceding the person’s election, in any territory not formerly within the corporate limits of the city, but which is annexed.” A proposed amendment would strike out that portion of council candidate qualifications.
The charter review commission is appointed every two years by the city council to update the document and recommend changes. Then the city council decides which proposed amendments to put on the ballot for voter consideration in November. Chaired by former mayor Kathy Morris, the commission is composed of vice chair Arthur Taylor, Scott Cook, Bucky Couch, Sam McCabe, Sam Montoya and Bill Taylor.
In 2003, residents of Willow Creek and other recently annexed neighborhoods off Hunter Road southwest of the city elected two council members and former Mayor Bob Habingreither who then presided over the area’s deannexation.
The commission’s last scheduled meeting is 5:30 p.m. today in the main conference room at City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins.
The article was changed to say Willow Creek residents elected three city council members following the area’s annexation, not a city council majority.
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