It's hard to argue otherwise. In fact, I haven't heard anyone say that Richardson residents have been well served by the mayor's decision not to serve another term, including any of the six remaining council members or three candidates seeking their first term on the city council.
I understand Omar's frustration. I sympathize with his desire for another outcome. But I can't sign on to Omar's proposed remedy. That would be another affront to democracy and constitutional government. Two wrongs don't make a right.
On what legal basis should that special election be called? Omar himself says the city is planning to use a "charter provision" to determine the next mayor. That charter provision is Section 3.03, which says, "Upon a vacancy in the Mayor's position, the Mayor Pro Tem shall fill the unexpired term."Our current council and mayor have an opportunity to show true leadership and put the interests of the electorate before their own by calling for a special election. This keeps the city moving forward, restores faith and holds true to the democratic election our residents overwhelmingly approved.
Source: Amir Omar.
That provision in Section 3.03 was drafted by the faction that wanted to have direct election of the mayor. That provision was then overwhelmingly passed by the voters less than three years ago. Following the city charter, all of it and not just the parts we like, is exactly what the city ought to do now, no matter how surprised voters might be to find out what it was that they approved.
Instead, Omar is calling for tossing aside Section 3.03 of the city charter and filling an unexpired term of the mayor in some other fashion, because it's what he thinks the charter ought to say. There's a charter review commission meeting right now. If Omar wants to change the charter, he ought to be making his case to them. Until they recommend a change and the voters approve it, let's live by the law we have, not the law we wish we had. You don't have to like it to know it's the right thing to do. Anything else would be the "gigantic leap backward" that Omar decries.
Don't let Amir Omar persuade the city council to ignore the city charter. Richardson citizens deserve better.