Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Annual Meeting Tonight!!!

Attention Arlington Village residents! In case you missed the signs and notice in the Crier, tonight is the Arlington Village annual meeting. It will be at 7:30pm in the AV meeting room.

Who will be elected to represent our community next year? The blogger has another commitment and will not be there. Please let the blog know what happens.


Mark said...

I have a shield from my halloween costume which I am planning on bringing to protect myself.

Hopefully the plastic sword will not be needed.

Darth Vadar said...

I am guessing you will.

Elaine said...

Results of election
In order of most votes received:

Ed Miltenberger
Takis Karantonis
Greg Mesack
Craig Freer

Hephzibah Fitzwilly said...

Congratulations, and thanks to the dedicated volunteers that give so much of their time.

Rusty said...

It was a packed house which is great considering the last couple I've been to.

That said, there really is nothing exciting to report other than some long winded updates from committee members.

I vote for the committee's reports to be posted online and skip to the overviews.

Bapsy said...

I agree with Rusty regarding the committee reports, particularly for a big meeting like this. Or at least have a buzzer go off after the five minutes is up.

ObserverCollege said...

Agree with Rusty--it was really great to see so many people come out. Thank you to all who work so hard in the Village (and I'm sorry, I liked learning about trees and plants and fixing concrete barriers!). I'm a political junkie so it was interesting to see what went on with the "regular" and "write-in" candidates.

Thank you to Elaine for posting the results, noting the the four candidates on the regular ballot won. Absolutely no surprise there, obviously. There's a reason candidates in political elections go so nuts over WHERE they are listed on the ballot, never mind actually BEING listed. The percentages went something like this (I might be off by a few tenths here or there):

Miltenberger = 26.4% or so
Takis = 25.3%?
Greg = 24.8%?
Freer = 23.5%

Lewis = 18.8%
Nixon = 18.8%
Alger = 17.3%?
Heron = 15.5%

That means that at best, in a two-way comparison Miltenberger only had a 63-37 split over the worst performer, Heron. Greg came in at 61.5 vs. Heron, and a 57/43 split over both Lewis and Nixon. Freer came in at 55.5 vs. Lewis and Nixon.

I have to say I was pretty surprised at that result. Being on the regular ballot is an ENORMOUS advantage, as even with that "alternative" mailing you still get far more of the people sending in proxies to the Village who just say "Oh, whatever, four candidates that's fine". That's going to be particularly true with as many non-residents as we have in the Village now--they're just not going to be paying as close attention and won't be showing up.

Plus, this all happened only very recently, these people coming out of the woodwork to run as write-ins and whatnot and fuss about Florida and Katherine Harris (OK, that didn't happen, but details...).

Given that, to keep even the highest votegetter at under a 65-35 dyadic split from the lowest is unreal. And to think the Board President came in third and couldn't get more than a 57-43 split over two of the alternate candidates is something else.

Maybe I'm crazy, but I have to say I'm really, really surprised it was as close as it was. Will be really interesting to see if this Town Hall happens with the Board, Legum & Norman, Village Counsel etc. etc. happens to try to bring "healing" to the community. Might be fun and would go some ways to showing this "glasnost" some of these people seem to want.