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Charter Commission Study Question Likely to Pass

With absentee ballots, poll question has 98 vote advantage.

Judging from the latest numbers, Springfield's Charter Commission will probably be convening next year. 

The five-member commission is charged with studying Springfield's needs and recommending a form of government for it to adopt. The question of whether such a commission was necessary was put to Springfield voters on the 2012 ballot. 

While the initial tally of votes provided by the Union County Clerk's office indicated voters didn't want the commission, it has a near-100 vote lead after absentee votes were counted. According to numbers provided by the Springfield Township Clerk's Office, 2311 Springfield voters favor the Committee's formation and 2147 oppose it. 

The vote is not final, . Nonetheless, several notable election observers have remarked that the vote is likely to pass. 

The formation of the Charter Commission was supported by Republicans and opposed by Democrats. The Democrats have charged Republican Mayor Ziad Shehady with engineering the commission to change our form of government to a directly elected mayor and creating a full-time job with executive powers for himself. In debates and other public comments, Republicans have stressed that as the Commission is composed of residents, it is a way for the people to decide their own form of government. 

In addition to voting for or against the commission, Springfield residents also voted for prospective members. The votes, including absentee ballots, are as follows:

  • Jim Bonacorda             865
  • Denise Devone            1,081
  • Hugh Keffer                1,072
  • Cunningham               1,036
  • Geri Bujnowski            922
  • David Mitchell             846
Bob Groder November 16, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Shane I want a total new BOH come 2013 with mostly professional health care people. For example Dr. Bialary to me from being at 3 BOH meetings is a totally neutral qualfied non partisin dr to be on the board. no offense but some of the appointed people were put on by the republicans as the whole deal was done without much input from the public. In fact had you been at the meeting on wednesday i think you would be appaled that the vote was taken about Westfield & Madison without a single person being allowed to speak until after the fact. Thats not why I pay all of these taxes for. I want the new board come 2013 to be based on all NON POLITICAL parties. I dont want decisions based on politics which this current BOH was done with. I know that it was done because the republican mayor had an issue with Dr. Shah. I dont want the democrats behaving the same way should they reform the BOH in 2013. I WANT NO POLITICS dictating how the BOH is to be run moving forward. I know im living in a dream world unfortunately but that to me is how an independent BOH should be run. Noone with connections to a political party should be involved.
Shane Ronan November 17, 2012 at 01:59 AM
LogicaSeeker said it all.
Bob Groder November 17, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Logic seeker: I type very quickly as im working at the same time. I try to spell correctly as much as I can but when one is in a hurry misspellings will happen. sorry about that.
Bob Groder November 17, 2012 at 02:06 AM
I said my peace on this issue. Its done and over with. Time to move on to other issues as im sure more things will need to be addressed in 2013. Lets hope for a smooth transition once the election results are final sometime next week. Have a good weekend everyone.
Jim Bonacorda November 18, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Hi Bart - my letter to the Editor (http://springfield.patch.com/articles/letter-to-the-editor-from-a-prospective-charter-commissioner-03c067ab) explains what a Charter Study Commission does, and my position if I am chosen to be a member. Hope this answers your question.

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