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Manassas City Council Seat To Open December 4th

By Greg L | 27 November 2006 | Manassas City | 14 Comments

The Manassas Journal-Messenger reports that Delegate-Elect Jackson Miller will step down from the Manassas City Council on December 4th, officially opening a position on the Manassas City Council which will be filled by appointment. The leading contenders for that appointment appear to be Sheryl Bass and Maureen Wood, who are openly campaigning. Ms. Bass probably fits in best with the moderates on the council such as Hal Parrish and Steven Randolph, while Ms. Wood is definitely more of a conservative choice along the lines of Marc Aveni and Andrew Harrover.

This appointment could significantly shift the dynamic on the Manassas City Council, which has become more conservative in the wake of the municipal elections held in May. How this seat is filled will demonstrate whether that conservative trend will continue and will impact how the city manages development, immigration and budget challenges in the future.

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  1. Big Dog said on 27 Nov 2006 at 1:16 pm:
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    Also understand that Mark Wolfe and Charles Sturms
    (who ran as a Democrat for Mayor in 2006) might
    be interested, but it would be a leap for
    the Republican majority on the council to appoint
    a replacement to fill a G.O.P. seat that wasn’t
    an active member of the local party. Plus, there
    may be a desire to appoint a woman and/or

    Stay tuned.

  2. Big Dog said on 27 Nov 2006 at 2:18 pm:
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    Another item that could impact the direction of
    the Manassas City Council is Mayor Waldron’s desire
    to have the legislature change the city charter to
    allow the mayor to vote on every issue (currently,
    the mayor may only vote to break a tie).

    Any thoughts on this - pro or con?

  3. anonymous said on 27 Nov 2006 at 2:42 pm:
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    Let’s see here. With 6 members voting, the possible outcomes are:

    6 to 0 — outcome not changed by the addition of one vote.
    5 to 1 — ditto.
    4 to 2 — ditto.
    3 to 3 — tie, one vote does change the outcome.
    2 to 4 — one vote does not change the outcome.
    1 to 5 — ditto.
    0 to 6 — ditto.

    It seems to me, unless I’m mistaken here, that allowing the mayor to vote on every issue will change nothing with respect to the outcome of votes.

    What would change is that since the mayor is voting on all issues, those votes and not just the tie-breaker votes would allow the public to know how the mayor stands on various issues.

  4. Citizenofmanassas said on 27 Nov 2006 at 3:11 pm:
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    Mrs. Wood should get the seat, since she ran in the last election, and has the right views on the problems facing the City.

    With all due respect to Mrs. Bass, I have not heard her opionion on illegal immigration, and the negative impact it has had on our City.

  5. Anonon said on 27 Nov 2006 at 5:41 pm:
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    COM - What should happen and what does happen are different things. Were you paying attention to what happened to the two open seats in Manassas Park? They were filled by people who didn’t even run in the May election. Whoever is appointed, I hope the transition goes smoothly.

  6. Citizenofmanassas said on 27 Nov 2006 at 8:09 pm:
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    Yes that is correct. But, I hope the Council realizes the direction of the board has been going to the right the last two elections.

  7. Maureen Wood said on 27 Nov 2006 at 10:51 pm:
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    Thank you COM.

    I would love to serve the citizens of Manassas as a council member. As you said, if anyone paid attention to the May elections, the citizens know what they will get with me.

    I feel the citizens should have a say on who represents them. I pushed six years ago to change the city charter so that a special election would be held if a seat was vacated before the term expired. The election would occur when the next general election took place. Unfortunately that fell through.

    Did anyone hear what took place at the City council meeting tonight? They were to decide the format for the appointment.

  8. Maureen Wood said on 27 Nov 2006 at 11:02 pm:
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    BTW- The Mayor feels that the citizens should know where he stands on every issue. That is why he would like to have a vote on the council.

    The House has to approve it first, then we change our charter. I’m not sure how long a process this would be, buy I also think it’s a good idea.

  9. AndyH said on 27 Nov 2006 at 11:18 pm:
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    18DEC06 - Resume’s and/or Letters of interest are due by COB
    3JAN07 - Public Hearing
    22JAN07 - Appointment by Council of new member
    24JAN07 - Swearing in of new member

    There may be a closed meeting in there somewhere. Personnel matters (including ALL appointments) are usually discussed in closed session. Could be wrong though.

    It’s all in the agenda statement. Please double-check my dates if you are interested.

    Beyond Maureen, I haven’t a clue who’s running.

  10. AndyH said on 27 Nov 2006 at 11:22 pm:
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    As for the Mayor having a vote, check out the City’s proposed legislative priorities. It’s in the agenda packet for this week. Interesting stuff and contains some background on the Mayor’s vote that Maureen mentioned.


  11. Batson D. Belfrey said on 28 Nov 2006 at 2:06 am:
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    Maureen Wood for Council!

    She’s right on the issues that matter to Manassas.

    She was the Manassas GOP’s nominated candidate.

    Anything less, would be uncivilized…and may cost a sitting councilman a seat, come re-election!


  12. Maureen Wood said on 28 Nov 2006 at 9:03 am:
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    Thanks BDB!

  13. Big Dog said on 28 Nov 2006 at 11:43 am:
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    It should be noted that Sheryl Bass is the only one,
    mentioned so far, that has WON a general election
    in the City of Manassas. She topped all others in the
    2006 school board election. Given an opportunity -
    citizens selected her for a leadership role.

  14. RHarrison said on 28 Nov 2006 at 4:21 pm:
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    Big Dog,

    It was the 2004 School Board election, but you are right. Sheryl Bass beat Scott Albrecht by 6 votes to place first. I’m not sure how much weight this should receive, but it is an important point.

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