Northeast Times

Editorial: Do not eliminate resign provision

City Coun­cil­man Dav­id Oh has a lot of good ideas to make Phil­adelphia a bet­ter city, but the elim­in­a­tion of “resign to run” is not one of them.

City Coun­cil un­an­im­ously passed Oh’s bill that would al­low city elec­ted of­fi­cials to re­main on the job as they seek high­er of­fice. What a shock.

On May 20, city voters will de­cide wheth­er to ap­prove a change to the Home Rule Charter that will end the resign pro­vi­sion.

The law has been in place since 1951.

Among those sup­port­ing Oh’s meas­ure are the League of Wo­men Voters of Phil­adelphia and the Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty.

If ap­proved, it’ll take ef­fect in 2016.

“It doesn’t af­fect this may­or’s race,” Oh said.

Oh be­lieves that the rule dis­cour­ages Phil­adelphia elec­ted of­fi­cials from seek­ing high­er of­fice.

The only good part of the pro­pos­al is that it bars elec­ted of­fi­cials from run­ning for re-elec­tion and for an­oth­er of­fice in the same elec­tion. That would be a real slap in the face to voters.

City of­fi­cials should show the cour­age and con­fid­ence that then-Coun­cil­man Mi­chael Nut­ter dis­played in 2006, when he resigned to make what ap­peared to be a long­shot bid for may­or. He eas­ily de­feated four primary op­pon­ents, in­clud­ing two con­gress­men and a state rep­res­ent­at­ive who were run­ning be­cause their seats wer­en’t up that year.

Moreover, take a look at some of the cur­rent and former mem­bers of Coun­cil. Do we really want some of them rep­res­ent­ing us in fed­er­al or statewide of­fices?

Among those op­pos­ing the change are Brett Man­del, a two-time Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate for city con­trol­ler, and the Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee.

“We must draw the line on al­low­ing them to look for an­oth­er job on our dime. Phil­adelphia must re­spond by vot­ing no,” Man­del said.

The North­east Times strongly urges Phil­adelphi­ans to vote NO on Ques­tion 2. ••

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