How does one decide among 35 candidates? How do you pick three–unfortunately, you can only pick three in Minneapolis–and what order do you choose?
The main worry of just about all folks with any knowledge of instant runoff voting is that ballots will be exhausted to the point that a winner will have a plurality victory, i.e., one in which a winner has less than half of the total votes cast. What this means, just as in the case of the plurality system we had before, is that voters chose losers or that they chose such obscure candidates that their later, perhaps saner choices were eliminated before the rounds in which their later choices would have counted.
IRV is better than what we did before, but we can do better by adopting score voting when we’re good enough at IRV, or ranked choice voting as those who think people are too stupid to learn about all manner of things that are thought we cannot do without.
Am I a sane choice for mayor you might ask? Why, no. I am not a sane choice.
I and the 34 other candidates are not sane choices, but I might be the smart choice.
It is not sane, in the classic Einstein definition of insanity, to elect mayors again and again to the same result of dysfunctional government.
The only sane choice is to vote for a charter amendment to alter our government to a council-manager form.
I would go further in any charter amendment I spearhead as mayor, and reduce the number of geographical wards to five from 13 to break up the local power cliques that inevitably form in our old and corrupt system.
Within that corrupt system, our leaders have simply pretended to work on our real problems of poverty and to remedy all the deficiencies that lead to and reinforce the horrible conditions with which some in our city must live.
I would also advocate for eight at large members in a majority position in the council. This would effectively give us eight folks nearly as powerful as our present mayor who with the five ward council members would direct a professional city manager to run the day to day operations of our city without the caprice that appears when one human being with no real executive skills or even knowledge of city government is elected by folks with even less knowledge than that (sorry folks, it’s the truth).
We need to elect the last mayor of Minneapolis, but it doesn’t have to be me. In fact, if a better qualified candidate publicly adopted my Last Mayor of Minneapolis charter amendment proposal as a part of their platform, I would endorse that candidate and drop out. I’d even donate the use of this website to them and turn over the domain when it expires.