The Rev. Al Sharpton wouldn't like Watertown and its nonpartisan city elections....Rep Sharpton just put the kabash on a proposal for such elections in the City of New York. A charter commission has been considering them for years. That leaves Watertown the only city I know of with this form of government born of the Progressive movement of the early 1900s.
Sharpton and others say nonpartisan elections would allow rich people to dominate elections....You mean richer than the guy who just spent $109million buying a third term as mayor ? Sharpton and others played the race card and argue minorities are better served by a partisan system in which one party dominates virtually all city elections. Sort of like a Democratic Party plantation.
Watertown has had nonpartisan elections since 1922 but there is little evidence the wealthy dominate who gets elected.
Mayor Bloomberg to end nonpartisan election push - $7 million later