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    The commission calls for regular adoption of runoff elections for Mayor/Vice-Mayor. How can we get this changed to instant runoff? I ve got some IRV
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      The commission calls for regular adoption of runoff elections for
      Mayor/Vice-Mayor. How can we get this changed to instant runoff? I've
      got some IRV brochures....


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      Charter commission releases its questions


      Apr 09, 2003



      The City Charter Commission, the ad hoc panel put together by former
      Gov. L. Douglas Wilder and former Rep. Thomas J. Bliley Jr., R-Va., has
      released the questions it hopes to put on the November ballot.

      The panel of volunteers spent several weeks last fall gathering public
      comments and examining ways to reform Richmond's government. Wilder and
      Bliley served as co-chairmen.

      Paul Goldman, an attorney and an aide to the commission, drafted the
      questions and provided this version late last week. Goldman is an
      attorney and businessman who managed Wilder's gubernatorial campaign.


      The commission plans to petition Richmonders to put the questions onto
      the November ballot. If successful, Richmonders would vote on the
      questions and the results could be brought to the General Assembly for
      action.

      The Wilder-Bliley commission is not affiliated with any government
      agency. The Richmond City Council has appointed a separate
      government-reform panel, called the Commission on Richmond's
      Government, to study many of the same issues.

      PROPOSITION A

      Shall Section 4.03 of the Charter of the City of Richmond be amended to
      read, in its entirety, as follows:

      4.03. Election of the Mayor and Vice-Mayor of Richmond.

      Beginning on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, 2004
      and every four years thereafter, a general election shall be held to
      elect an individual to serve as the Mayor of Richmond. The person
      receiving the most votes cast in each of at least five of the nine City
      Council election districts shall be elected.

      Should no one be elected, then not withstanding any other provision of
      general law, a mayoral run-off election shall be held on the first
      Tuesday after the first Monday in December between the person receiving
      the highest number of votes cast in all nine City Council districts,
      and the person receiving the second highest number of votes cast. A
      run-off election shall be a continuation of the general election. Those
      persons who were entitled to vote in the general election shall be
      entitled to vote in the run-off. Only votes cast for the persons
      designated for the run-off shall be counted in the tabulation and
      canvass of the votes cast. The person receiving the most votes cast in
      each of at least five of the nine City Council districts shall be
      elected.

      An elected term shall run four years, such term to begin and end at the
      time provided by law. Anyone eligible to serve on City Council may
      serve as Mayor except that no one may be elected Mayor for three
      consecutive, four-year terms.

      The City Council shall appoint a Vice-Mayor from among its nine members
      for a two year term. The Vice Mayor will preside at Council meetings
      and should a vacancy occur in the office of Mayor, become Acting Mayor
      until such time as a special election is held to elect a Mayor to fill
      the remainder of the unexpired term. Such special election will be
      conducted according to the same rules as provided herein for
      determining the winner of the regularly scheduled general election for
      Mayor. The Circuit Court shall order a special election within 60 days
      from the date the vacancy officially occurred, and set the date of a
      run-off, should one be necessary, 28 days later.

      The City Council shall take such action as may be necessary to ensure
      the smooth administration and final adjudication of any tie votes that
      may possibly occur in any general, special or run-off election for
      Mayor or in the appointment of a Vice-Mayor. PROPOSITION B

      Shall Section 4.03.1 be added to the charter of the City of Richmond to
      read, in its entirety, as follows:

      Section 4.03.1 - Powers and Responsibilities of the Mayor or Acting
      Mayor.

      The chief executive power of the City government shall be vested in the
      Mayor.

      The Mayor shall be recognized as the head of the city government for
      all ceremonial purposes, the purposes of military law and the service
      of civil process. The Mayor shall appoint an individual to serve as the
      city's Chief Administrative Officer subject to the advice and consent
      of a majority of the members of City Council. The Mayor will not have
      the authority to fire or hire any other city employee, nor remove any
      person appointed to any position by the City Council or Chief
      Administrative Officer. The Chief Administrative Officer shall report
      directly to the Mayor and be responsible solely to the Mayor. The Chief
      Administrative Officer shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor. The
      Mayor shall have the sole right to terminate the employment of the
      Chief Administrative Officer. The Mayor will not have any veto power of
      any action of the City Council. By law, the Office of Mayor will be a
      full-time position with such salary and funds for official expenses as
      set by the City!
      Council. The Mayor is prohibited from receiving any compensation from
      any other private or public source, nor promises of such compensation,
      while serving office. Any person serving as Mayor may be removed from
      office, or be deemed to have forfeited such office, as currently
      provided by Section 4.15 of the City Charter for members of the City
      Council or other city-wide elected officials.

      Should a vacancy occur in the Office of Mayor, the Acting Mayor would
      have the same powers and responsibilities, and be subject to the same
      legal requirements. PROPOSITION C

      Shall Section 5.01 of the Charter of the City of Richmond be amended to
      read, in its entirety, as follows:

      5.01. Appointment and Qualifications of the Chief Administrative
      Officer.

      There shall be a chief administrative officer who shall report directly
      to the Mayor and be responsible to the Mayor for the proper
      administration of the city government. This individual shall serve at
      the pleasure of the Mayor, after being appointed to the position by the
      Mayor with the advice and consent of a majority of the members of City
      Council. In choosing such individual, both the Mayor and the City
      Council shall make their judgments solely on the basis of the
      individual's executive and administrative qualifications, with special
      reference to actual experience in or knowledge of accepted practice in
      respect to the duties of the chief administrative officer. At the time
      of the appointment, this individual need not be a resident of the city
      or the Commonwealth but shall reside within the city while serving as
      chief administrative officer. PROPOSITION D

      Shall the Charter be amended to add Section 5.05.1 that will be, in its
      entirety, as follows:

      Section 5.05.1. Changing the title City Manager to Chief Administrative
      Officer.

      Not withstanding any other provision of this charter, the term "chief
      administrative officer" will be substituted for the term "city manager"
      in all provisions of the Charter where the term "city manager" may now
      appear.
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