Highly developed negotiating skills could be a factor in the success of the next Unified Government mayor.
Although winning the vote of the people by 56 percent, will Mayor-elect Mark Holland have the votes on the UG Commission to get his programs passed?
Several Unified Government commissioners made endorsements during the campaign. The commission split, with five commissioners (Angela Markley, Mike Kane, Tarence Maddox, Nathan Barnes and Butch Ellison) endorsing Ann Murguia. Hal Walker, elected to the UG Commission on Tuesday, also endorsed Murguia. Three commissioners (John Mendez, Tom Cooley and Brian McKiernan) endorsed Mark Holland.
Not returning on the commission will be Barnes, Ellison, Mendez and Cooley.
While the commission’s makeup has changed after the general election, it appears that Murguia’s supporters on the commission still have the majority. While the commission agrees on many issues, when they split, they sometimes tend to split along a 6-4 divide. A new commissioner will be appointed to replace Holland as 1st District at large commissioner, and the commission will choose the replacement.
As a strong mayor form of government, the UG will set a course determined by the mayor, but whether the commission will go along with it will be seen in the next few months.