Check facts before making assumptions

To the Editor:

Before Sarah West decided to “posit that CEM has already vetted possible mayoral candidates” (“CH and the strong-mayor dilemma,” Heights Observer, Aug. 1), she could have checked if her assumption was true. It’s not. All 10 members of Citizens for an Elected Mayor (CEM), listed on our website and easily accessible if she had chosen to ask us, would have told her we have not vetted possible candidates.

We also agreed to not endorse a candidate nor run for mayor ourselves. We have not even discussed possible candidates, other than to say we are optimistic many qualified residents will be interested in running.

Only two CEM members were connected with the earlier exploration of an elected mayor initiative she mentioned—a group that quickly distanced itself from all elected officials. CEM’s actions are about structure, not people.

Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett
Secretary, Citizens for an Elected Mayor

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 1:23 PM, 09.02.2019