The City Council made short work of the big decision on who should fill Jerry Deal's seat. Ann Keighran was the odd-woman out as she voted for Laurie Simonson while the other three sitting councilmembers all went for John Root. 3-1, done deal so to speak.
I had some fun searching for this Voice post from Nov. 22, 2005 that described the election results that year. It's ironic that the very-close-also-ran from 2005 (John Root) beat out the even-closer-also-ran from 2013 (Russ Cohen) for the open seat.
Was that a vote for go-along-get-along vs. a voice that would challenge the consensus? We shall see. As was mentioned in tonight's meeting, John Root has been attending a goodly amount of council meetings, budget meetings, etc so we will be looking for a fast start!