It wasn’t even close….66% – 34%
This is certainly a victory for anti-city manager leader, city council member & former legislator Mel Olson, who twice repeated that if you favored a city manager style of governing that you must ‘hate democracy’ He has since apologized for using those words…..but I’m not sure he really means it….
?I shouldn?t have said they ?hate democracy,? ? Olson told The Daily Republic.
He added that he still disapproves of the apparent motives behind the city-manager proposal, even though his word choice was poor.
?I should have said they?ve ?lost faith in democracy,? ? he said. ?But I don?t know if that?s any less offensive.?
Interesting…..I’d have to say the doom and gloom approach worked against State Sen. Mike Vehle who lead the pro-city manager group — which also garnered the support of the current Mitchell mayor and all the living former mayors.
Of course, it could be due to Sibby coming out of semi-retirement to totally blast the city manager idea in several posts — including saying it was part of British conspiracy to take back the North American colonies….
Nope — I’m gonna have to go with the Democracy hater quote as the one that carried the day.