Friday, April 18, 2008

Mayor Bragg: Elected officials are irrelevant

Mayor Tommy Bragg of Murfreesboro, when asked why so few people are voting in city elections says elected officials are increasingly irrelevant...What!!!

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Bragg said one of the reasons fewer people are going to the polls is that elected officials don't provide most government services any more; they are provided by professional city staffers.

"Because the arbitrary nature of elected officials has been replaced by professional staff, so you get much more consistency in constituent service," he said.

Bragg said that means the city elections are less relevant and that citizens have other ways to deal with their government than voting out politicians they don't agree with.

"Municipal elections, unless there are grievous irregularities, have lost a certain amount of relevance," he said.