TO THE EDITOR:

     ... the Ripon Common Council has been kicking around the possibility of electing Council members “at large,” meaning they could reside anywhere in the city rather than a certain district.

     Some believe this would invite more citizens to run for office.

     Recently, someone suggested “Let the public decide” through an advisory referendum. It’s a terrific plan. ...

      even though I welcome the advisory referendum, I believe changing to “at large” is flawed — for three reasons:

     1. There’s no guarantee or evidence that more citizens will run for office.

     2. Council members would inevitably begin to shrink back and go with the flow, lest they upset the entire city ...

     3. It could “stack the deck” where one side of the city (or neighborhood) enjoys majority representation. Imagine, they could have the best streets in town. ...

     Despite those concerns, I think asking Ripon citizens to weigh in is an ideal solution. ...

— Ald. Aaron Becker
24 Tabbert Ave.

     To read the entire letter, see the Aug. 9, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.