Springfieldians who reside in Zone Two are being asked to sign a petition to recall their council member, Justin Burnett. What did he do wrong?. He was one of five council members who voted to strengthen the public nudity ordinance in response to the Free The Nipple demonstrations. Christians should be upset about this not because of who he is and why he is being recalled. The problem with this is the expense that the county is going to have to pay for the recall election.
Katie Webb is heading up this campaign. One question to ask is “When Justin Burnett was elected to the Zone 2 council seat, for whom did you vote?” The answer you don’t want to hear from those who want the recall is, “Oh, I did not vote. I was busy that day.” All to often voters are inconvenienced if they have to vote for someone but ready to sign a petition to force another election that they will not attend.
Another problem with the petition process is that many who distribute the petitions are paid. The days seem to be gone when someone cared enough about an issue to spend their own time fighting for it. Ms. Webb may be the exception to that rule. She and other activists in Zone Two may want Mr. Burnett unseated badly enough to work for it. On the other hand, when you are asked the question if you reside in the affected zone and you say yes and are asked to sign, it is within your rights to ask if they live in Zone 2 and are being paid to collect signatures.
There are no laws about who can collect and distribute these petitions. In past campaigns money from outside the area flowed in from people who wanted to change the way Springfield lives. That decision is best made by those who reside here. As a lifetime resident of Greene County your Examiner does not like interference from outsiders. While he can no longer vote in city elections, as a member of the suburban community he can still encourage those in the city to watch out for influences from other communities.
Justin Burnett did not disguise how he was going to represent his Zone Two constituents. If they have changed their minds about him then they should vote to recall him. If they did not vote in that election, do everyone in the county a favor and wait until the next election to vote him out. We spend enough tax money already and do not need a wasteful election to vote on only one candidate.