Congratulations to Councilman Doody

Jim Doody will soon be seated with his colleagues at the Grand Junction City Council table once again, after winning election to the at-large seat from a crowded, five-man field.

In that race, Doody’s was probably one of the most recognizable names, and that no doubt helped him secure a seat on the council, where he served as both a council member and the mayor before deciding not to seek re-election in 2009.

But we don’t want to imply that it was name recognition alone that won Doody a return engagement on the City Council. As we said when we endorsed candidate Aaron Norris for the at-large seat, the city was fortunate to have five enthusiastic candidates, each with his own set of qualifications, to run for the seat. And, while Doody wasn’t our first choice, he was definitely near the top of our list for a variety of reasons.

First, his previous experience means there won’t be a period when he is learning the ropes. He understands how the council and city manager system works. He can start participating in a real sense from his first meeting.

Equally important, when he was on the council before and as a candidate this year, Doody has made it clear he is not afraid to challenge the status quo. His proposal to consider placing the city’s chief financial officer under the direct control of the City Council instead of the city manager, to ensure the council receives straightforward financial information unfiltered by the city manager, is one that is worth considering.

His ideas on how the city can do more to revitalize the south downtown area also deserve further examination.

Our congratulations to Doody. We expect he will serve the city well when he returns to the City Council. And congratulations as well to Sam Susuras and Bennett Boeschenstein, who were unopposed in their bids to win council seats.

Additionally, we offer our thanks to all of the other candidates for the at-large seat who were willing to offer their time and their services to the city, and put themselves through a contentious campaign: John Ballagh, Aaron Norris, Jacob Richards and Joshua Wussick.


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