If you thought you heard a train whistle last Tuesday night, it was the Chattanooga Moo Moo conducted by the Woodside Town Council. The council members gave lip service to their preference for an early election, but hid behind the $20,000 cost of a special election being too high, with more important uses for this money. A citizen publicly offered to contribute $10,000 towards an April election and the Town Attorney said it was permissible but the Council ignored the offer. Despite there being several well qualified candidates, they appointed and swore in insider Ron Romines to a 2+ year term. We are outraged that they deprived the citizens of Woodside of an opportunity to have a contested election so that the issues could be debated and the candidate be chosen by us, the voters.
We need to point out that it appears to have been a carefully orchestrated shut- out. The timing of the Dave Tanner resignation 1 day too late for the seat to be included in the coming election seems carefully planned to avoid public participation and to deprive Woodside residents the chance to elect Town representatives.
Unfortunately, all of the candidates running for the open positions this fall are running unopposed. Unopposed! We know there are plenty of people out there with strong feeling about the town who should be proud to serve. We’d run ourselves, but we’re a bit tied up with all this cud we have to chew. Besides, it takes a long time to type these out with our hooves.
The lack of an election with opposition means the lack of debate on the issues, therefore, we challenge the candidates and Mr. Romines to share their views on what is important to them and what they want to accomplish with Town and with the citizens of Woodside by posting their positions on issues here on COW.
Update: We were mistaken in the story above, it was actually a few days, not one day. We regret the error and thank Mr. Pinkerton for calling it to our attention in the comments below.