IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD,
START BY MAKING YOUR BED.
It’s one of my favorite sayings, and it most certainly applies to Clarksburg.
My first objective as a councilman is fairly simple… Charter Reform.
The Clarksburg City Charter is the constitution of the city and by changing basic things in the
charter we (as in the we the citizens of Clarksburg) can make change really quickly.
by adopting charter provisions for Initiative, Referndum and Recall we can put a huge amount of power back into the hands of every citizen of Clarksburg. We can set the requirements for petitions, place measures to ballots for special elections, and recall council members and the appointed city administrators for not doing their jobs as defined in the city charter.
Lets turn the city’s council back into true representatives by having ward representatives. Using the 12 Clarksburg voting precincts we can create 6 wards and elect 6 council members, and an at large Mayor. Even if the Mayor of Clarksburg is more of a ceremonial position, they are still the face of the city and should be elected by its citizens, not the council. Moving the Elections to November and on even years would guarantee larger voter participation and allow Clarksburg to piggy back on the November state ballot.
AN ELECTED MAYOR, AND NOVEMBER ELECTIONS
By inserting a charter requirement to have a VIPS program, we can keep our neighborhoods safer and bolster our neighborhood watch programs. We can also resurrect the K-9 program by making it a requirement for the city to own and operate, keeping illegal drugs off the street and making our neighborhoods safer for our children.
VOLUNTEERS IN POLICE SERVICE AND K-9 UNITS
INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM, AND RECALL
Amending the charter is the fastest way to make true change in the city and can be done swiftly with the power of the city attorney. It also sets a legal basis for responsibilities of the city forcing the city to operate within its boundaries and would allow the citizens of Clarksburg to hold the council, administrators and other appointed officials responsible under the legal requirements of the city charter.
PUT THE POWER BACK INTO THE CITIZENS HANDS