Editor, The Commercial:
Let’s note the state code, 14-43-305 that refers to a city that has a population of less than 50,000. With a mayor-city council government, such as Pine Bluff’s, a mayor’s election is held every two years.
The lawsuit dealing with a city having less than 50,000 people in population was identified in 2010 when the census determined that Pine Bluff’s population was below 50,000. Yes, one should, “follow the law.”
When the census declared that the Pine Bluff population was below 50,000, there might have been an election for a two-year term for mayor. The mayor served an extra two years as a mayor, without a two-year election for mayor in a city of less than 50,000. It needs to be made clear that this election, Nov. 6, 2012, is a two-year municipal election in a first class city with a population of less than 50,000, as noted on state code 14-43-305. Note, state code 14-43-303 is for cities with a population of over 50,000.
It is unthinkable to ask a judge, any judge, to prohibit the Nov. 6 municipal election. They have the important task of clarifying the meaning of existing state codes and laws. They need to clarify that the next mayoral election after Nov. 6, for Pine Bluff, a city with a population of less than 50,000, to be held in November 2014.
The naming of Gov. Mike Beebe, Secretary of State Mark Martin, Jefferson County Clerk Patricia Royal Johnson and the Jefferson County Election Commission as defendants in a lawsuit is unthinkable.
An alert and concerned citizen.
Rev. L.K. Solomon