Talk:City Council

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Election calendar shift

I don't think this statement, which was undone, can stand by itself in this section.

"Low turnout in the May 2002 election allowed a Republican, Rob Schilling, to win a seat."
Turnout may have been a factor in the race, but there were others, including a unified City Democratic Party strongly behind Julian Taliaferro and Dave Norris who faced no nomination challenge. The fact a Republican won in 2002 may have been why some in Charlottesville supported the election calendar shift (thinking it would make it more difficult next time), but there were numerous other reasons including the state law change which allowed it, logistical benefits for Sheri Iachetta's staff, and cost savings. This would be an appropriate subject for a new article or a new section, but I think it would need to say more beyond this statement about Schilling. --Bwheeler 14:27, 13 July 2009 (EDT)

Page Design

What exactly is the new MAIN template doing for us here? Why not just link to the Former City Councilor page? --Bwheeler 16:15, 26 June 2009 (EDT)

It's a concept stolen from wikipedia proper. It's heavily used; example here; I figure if it's good enough for them, it's good enough for us. It indicates that there is a whole article on the subject, with the possibility of saying a little about it in the article it's used in. You can still think of at as "just link"ing, though, if you wish. B.S. Lawrence 17:42, 26 June 2009 (EDT)
You know I am all about borrowing templates... but this one seems to have a lot of overhead just to display the words "Main Article:" (And it even has a colon which I know can be a sore subject for you). Do you really think we will use it much? If so, I have to whittle off the extraneous code or fix it all. --Bwheeler 17:58, 26 June 2009 (EDT)

Ward system

I'd like to add an article about the history of a ward-system versus the at-large system. For now I'll start this as a section of this page, but think it would be better to have that as a separate article. Advice?--Seantubbs 15:27, 13 July 2009 (EDT)