By Edwin Folven, 6/07/2012
The Mid-City West Community Council (MCWCC) has changed the date of its upcoming election from Sept. 16 to Oct. 28 to allow more members of the local community to be involved.
The original date, Sept. 16, is the day before Rosh Hashanah and the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days, one of the most important periods for the Jewish community. MCWCC chair Sheryl Turner said the date would have precluded many members of the Jewish community from participating in the election, so the council sought a change of date.
“I think obviously it will keep our stakeholders from being disenfranchised,” Turner added. “We have a lot of Jewish members, and several are Orthodox. This will allow more people to participate.”
B.H. Kim, the general manager for the city’s Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE), which oversees neighborhood councils, said the change in date should not cause any problems, particularly because it is five months away.
“It’s very important for the neighborhood councils to be in touch with what their stakeholders want,” Kim added. “There were a few options to move it to another date. It caused a little controversy, but it has been resolved.”
Turner said the MCWCC is still in the process of organizing the election, and in the coming months will distribute the nomination papers. For information, visit www.midcitywest.org.