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Should Liberty Lake use districts to determine city council seats?

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Currently, to be considered for city council position there is no requirement for residence besides living within the city for a defined amount of time. This seems to have served the city well so far.

As the city grows, could it create under-representation for certain neighborhoods?

A councilperson should make decisions for the greater good, but living within a certain area brings a different perspective which might affect decision-making.

The attached map shows the general areas where council members reside (in red). The dots in blue are those running for council who do not already hold a seat.*

Besides the clear lack of members from Legacy Ridge, it seems there is currently a good mix of representation from the populated areas within city limits.

What do you think?
Should Liberty Lake consider changing to a by-district approach to council seats?

*Dots are in the general area and not the exact address to protect privacy.

Update 9/14/17: Map corrections and added mayor.

 

12 COMMENTS

  1. Interesting to see it mapped out this way. At this point, it seems hard enough trying to find people willing to run for city council positions, so doing it by district seems like a disadvantage in that context. Hopefully the number of people interested in serving on the council will increase, as it seems more people are showing interest in what’s happening in our local government recently. In the future and as the city grows, particularly if any areas seem to be under-represented, I expect that option will be raised as a possibility though.

  2. Interesting to see it mapped out this way. At this point, it seems hard enough trying to find people willing to run for city council positions, so doing it by district seems like a disadvantage in that context. Hopefully the number of people interested in serving on the council will increase, as it seems more people are showing interest in what’s happening in our local government recently. In the future and as the city grows, particularly if any areas seem to be under-represented, I expect that option will be raised as a possibility though.

  3. Alyson is spot on. We actually talked about this a few years back. I think as our community grows it needs to be addressed again. I would suggest a combination of maybe 4 districts and 3 at large positions or something similar

    More serious interest is needed first, though.

  4. Alyson is spot on. We actually talked about this a few years back. I think as our community grows it needs to be addressed again. I would suggest a combination of maybe 4 districts and 3 at large positions or something similar

    More serious interest is needed first, though.

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