With the exception of Councilwoman Nancy Young, the Tracy City Council has again blatantly disregarded the community’s majority vote in our recent election by not appointing Ray Morelos to the council. This is the second occurrence in which the council has overridden the majority in order to seat the person of their choice and not the candidate residents overwhelming voted to represent us in city government.
Candidate Mike Maciel was the third top vote-getter in his initial race in 2006 and did not receive appointment to the council. Instead, another applicant was selected. This action was wrong then, and it is wrong today.
Unlike the actions of the Tracy City Council, our neighbor Lathrop has consistently executed due diligence in appointing the third top vote-getter to the Lathrop City Council. Paul Akinjo, the third top vote-getter there, was appointed to the Lathrop City Council to the seat vacated by Sonny Dhaliwal, who was elected to serve as mayor. The Lathrop council has seated the third vote-getter not only in December 2012, but also in December 2006, February 2006, December 2002 and January 1997. Although Lathrop is not Tracy, it remains the politically correct action to follow, given the majority vote in an election.
My remarks are not intended to be disrespectful or bitter towards Charles Manne, who was appointed this week. In fact, I personally told Mr. Manne at a December 2012 council meeting, “If you had been the third top vote-getter, I would be supporting you to be seated.”
This is the honest and fair appointment process to follow in accordance with the majority vote by Tracy residents.
The action of allowing the council to select who they want and not abide by the community’s majority vote must end now.
Kudos to Mrs. Young for her commitment to represent our community in a professional, fair manner. She is truly “the fresh voice of reason” on the council.
• Editor’s note: Charles Manne was appointed to the City Council by a 3-1 vote Tuesday, Jan. 15. For the full story, see Page 2.