In 2001 a group of citizens in Sandusky, Ohio tried to change the city government to a mayor/ward system. This site tells about that election. The site remains for others to use for research or to learn what can happen in their own fight for change.

Sanduskians for Mayor/Ward Boy and the Boot2001

"A mayor form and ward system basically provides more direct participation from the citizens. The government becomes more proactive, more goal-oriented, because there's basically a voter referendum every four years on the city's leadership." - Kevin Zeiher

"The ward system identifies a person with a particular area of town, and he'll be more responsible to those people in that area."  - Dannie Edmon


Proposed Changes
Ohio Mayors 2001
ORC & peculiar
Petition Rules
Sandusky Register
Talking Points
City Manager vs Mayor
Politics vs No Politics
No competitive bids???
Good Government
Term Limits
Table of Contents
Contact Me

I'm really not nuts!!! The city commissioners have only one meeting every other week. They get paid extremely well. Where do you get this "less than minimum wage" stuff? - The commissioners also knew the pay before they took the job. I doubt if most of them knew the workload, though. The commissioners get a very thick stack of papers continually that they should read and consider. There are additional meetings that they attend. They need an office with filing cabinets, time to read, sort through, and file all of the papers, time to study the issues and consult with others, time to talk on the phone and listen to you and me. A commissioner who does a good job puts in many, many hours. We are lucky that people have been willing to run for office. It is long past time that the commissioners got a BIG pay raise. If the job paid reasonably well, more people would be willing to run for office. There are people who would like to run but cannot afford to donate their time to the City. 

But the Charter Amendment Petition doesn't fix all of the city's problems. Of course not! But there are significant changes which would improve the chances of things being fixed. For example, the charter review commission once appointed would not be under the thumbs of our current city government. They would not need the approval of the city commission to put a charter change on the ballot. 

But a Ward system? We will have constant arguing at the commission meetings like Cleveland does. - No, because there are major differences between Sandusky and Cleveland. We would have some commissioners elected from wards and 3 elected at large. Our community is much smaller than Cleveland. What affects one end of town affects the entire town. And a difference of opinion and discussion is healthy! It means people are thinking! - Index of all my sites. 

Sandusky, Ohio - pictures from around the Sandusky area: Northcoast Thunder Rally, downtown Sandusky, Mulberry Creek Herb Fair. 4th of July celebration (I lived in Sandusky until January 2, 2007)

Sandusky links:

Cedar Fair
Erie County Auditor
RITA - taxes
Sandusky Register


"Where there is a strong mayor, there is a well-run city, which attracts residents and visitors," Ingraham said.

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