After the jump, I come down off the fence.
In the end, when I couldn't procrastinate any longer, I found my original thinking on this matter to still be compelling. Below is a paragraph from a blog post from February, 2012, that contains the key idea. (Do read the whole blog post for the full argument.)
Despite that thinking at that time, I used that same blog post to announce my support for the charter change introducing direct election of the mayor. The logic for that was summarized in my conclusion.I've long thought of the Richardson mayor's role like that of a chairman of the board, a speaker of the house, a foreman of a jury, a captain on a football team. That is, a leader chosen by his peers. If he doesn't have the trust and confidence of the rest of the team, teamwork breaks down and the team falters. No outsider should pick the team captain and expect the team to jell. In the case of the mayor, the voters may pick the members of the team, people who have their trust and confidence, but the council should pick its own leader, someone who has their own trust and confidence.
Source: The Wheel.
So, despite my conviction that Richardson's system of selecting its mayor was wisely decided a half century ago, that system is clearly not popular today. The 3-1 margin of victory for changing the charter was proof of that. So, the voters have spoken. We now have direct election of the mayor by the voters. Well, I'm a voter. I get to decide, along with everyone else. And I choose to decide based on my original thinking. That is, the mayor's role is like that of a chairman of the board, a speaker of the house, a foreman of a jury, a captain on a football team. If he doesn't have the trust and confidence of the rest of the team, teamwork breaks down and the team falters. So, I endorse the candidate who has the trust and confidence of the five incumbent council members who will be serving on the council in the next term. For that reason, I endorse Laura Maczka.As the saying goes, "When mama's not happy, nobody's happy." And mama's not happy in Richardson. If she won't be happy until she can directly elect her mayor, then let her directly elect her mayor.
Source: The Wheel.
P.S. The title of this blog post, "The One With My Endorsement for Mayor," was worded that way deliberately. All of the episode titles of the long-running television series Friends took the form "The One With..." I'm hoping that even though ultimately I had to make a decision one way or the other, we can all remain friends.