Somerton residents should meet council members half way
Congratulations to Somerton Mayor Martin Porchas and Councilmen Gerardo Anaya, Carlos Gonzalez and Miguel Villalpando, all of whom took their oaths of office last week after either winning election or re-election.
Gonzalez says he'll serve from the outside in, by visiting neighborhoods around the city to hear residents' concerns, then bringing those issues before the council.
That's praiseworthy, but the people need to meet him and the other council members half way.
In last month's general election, Gonzalez and Villalpando were elected in a race that attracted 16 percent of all registered voters. Porchas and Anaya previously won re-election in the March primary — which drew 22 percent.
Less than a quarter of registered voters — much less all Somerton residents — selected people who will make decisions for the whole city.
What would residents say if the council vowed to represent the interests of only those people who voted?