The Fifth Council Seat
There are actually five council seats up for grabs when the mayor seat is included as part of council. That’s because a council with Kim Roney filling Mayor Manheimer’s role (Seat 1); then the seat Gwen Wisler is vacating (Seat 2) filled with someone with Kim’s Ultra Progressive views — in addition to the Vice Mayor role being filled with an Ultra Progressive (Seat 3), and then the seat currently filled with Annette Mosley (Seat 4) being retained by Annette or another Ultra Progressive — means Kim’s current council seat (Seat 5) can be selected via council appointment in the same way Vijay Kapoor’s seat was filled by Annette in 2020.
There’s also a slate of four Ultra Conservatives. Just one of those folks on council let alone their mayoral candidate filling Seat 1 would throw strategy like the Vision 2036 Strategic Operating Plan into an even greater ‘VUCA’ (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) set of factors.
Therefore, I am in part running for Asheville city council in 2022 to encourage citizens to vote MMHM: Seat 1 is Manheimer for Mayor, Seat 2 is Grant Millin, Seat 3 is Will Hornaday, and Seat 4 stays Annette Mosley. Roney’s fifth council seat change option is canceled with the MMHM voter strategy. Council needs a group of folks with capabilities and experiences that relate to the broadness and depth of COA duties, tasks, and working with the floundering strategic management big picture that exists currently at city hall.
The idea of Ms. Roney who has voted against APD bulletproof vests among other issues being mayor and there being a potential movement to appoint a fifth seat is not going to happen.
That all deserves a flow chart and I’ll let media outlets try to spell all that out for us. But in the end this scenario is just one more justification for the COA Restructure and Center of Progress platform. I welcome presenting alongside Asheville leaders and institutions to our stakeholders on these and other challenge, solution, and outcome combinations we face as a single city called Asheville.
Here’s an email from me on these matters:
From: Grant Millin
Subject: The Fifth Council Seat + COA charter in from 1930s
Date: March 7, 2022 at 3:50:33 PM EST
Cc: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Gwen Wisler <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Debra Campbell <email@example.com>, Brad Branham <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
I am still working on my campaign content but you are an incumbent on council running for mayor. What your plans are about the fifth council seat potentially up for grabs this election cycle, your current council seat, if you were elected as mayor is something voters get to learn about at this point, Kim.
You and other Ultra Progressives could pick a fifth council member via the same current application / appointment process option that got Annette Mosley on council. As far as I can tell I am going to be suggesting Annette as one of the folks voters need to pick even though I don’t know that much about her COA / Asheville vision. I honestly still don’t know that much about Mayor Manheimer’s vision; but we should be thankful she is running again while leadership options develop for the future.
You could change your mind later which I would not be surprised by; but I suggest there be a city wide expectation that usually the candidate with the next most ballot votes from registered voters in the 2022 and future elections, following the election of open ballot seats, be the individual filling an open council vacated by a current council member who wins as mayor (like this 2022 scenario if you win as mayor); or there’s a council resignation / other form of vacation after the registration period for a council election ends. Special elections for council resignations and in other scenarios a seat becomes vacant seems to be what the norm should be… instead of how Annette came onto council.
I would sign such a policy MOU amending the city charter as a candidate endorsement of these changes prior to November. These are just some notes on mine and mine alone. I guess Mayor Manheimer, this council, Debra, and Brad can all take action starting today versus waiting until after Election Day and start developing this new council seat vacation via special circumstance policy, Kim. Depending on your answer to this message, it seems like you might have to abstain / recuse from voting on such a question if you want to appoint the successor to your council seat, Ma’am.
Despite everything I’ve learned about COA and from those subsequent insights over many years I only recently learned the COA charter is from the 1930s. There’s only been a handful of amendments. Just leaving council seat vacation via special circumstance scenarios up to the insiders at this point in the 21st Century seems at best obsolete.
Thank you and blessings,
Grant Millin, Strategy Innovator