*UPDATE* Near the conclusion of tonight’s Council meeting, Council agreed to hold a special meeting in the coming weeks, at a date to be determined, to consider the possible appointment of Edith Wormley, or another unnamed nominee, to the Ward 6 seat.
At tonight’s May 2019 City Council Meeting, seven city residents spoke in support of appointing Juanita Aikens as interim Ward 6 councilor, and a petition with 135 signatures from Ward 6 residents in support of Aikens was also presented to council. Just one resident spoke in favor of Republican nominee John Pruett…Pruett himself.
When council voted, neither Aikens nor Pruett received the necessary five votes to be appointed, leaving Ward 6 unrepresented for at least one more month.
Four Democrats (Ward 4’s Ken Camera, Ward 5’s Jason Hagerman, Ward 3’s Steve Valentino, and At-Large Councilor Mark Gramling) voted in favor of appointing Aikens, while all three Republicans (Mayor Ron Alcock, At-Large Councilor Gordon Eddington, and Ward 2’s Paul D’Amico) along with Ward 1’s Angelina Marino voted against Aikens’ appointment. The vote to appoint Pruett resulted in the same 4-4 stalemate, with Marino once again voting with the Republicans.
Marino claimed that her reason for supporting Pruett was that she was impressed with his attendance at several of the city’s free training academies during the past year, ignoring Aikens’ decades of service to the people in Ward 6.
After both votes took place, Mayor Alcock unbelievably attempted to immediately move on to the next agenda item without any further comment, which prompted outcry from the residents in attendance. Valentino then explained that the only way council could vote again on either candidate would be if one of the “no” votes changed their mind, and asked for another vote.
By failing to appoint Aikens, an overwhelmingly popular and qualified nominee from the 6th Ward, Alcock, D’Amico, Eddington and Marino have shown a cruel and brazen lack of concern and care for the people of Ward 6. They ignored the people and made a decision based on politics.
Today was a sad day for the people of Ward 6, and a shameful day for the City of Geneva.
More on this story as it develops.