MY TURN: Getting the mayor we want

WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith
WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith

You may not have a candidate you like running in the special election for Memphis mayor, but it's not because a lot of people aren't trying.

In fact, more than 30 people have taken at least the first step toward becoming candidates for mayor, and that includes the former mayor whose retirement forced this election in the first place. That's enough people to fill out the roster of a major league baseball team.

But, alas, it's quality that we're looking for in our next mayor, not a large quantity of candidates.

Two obvious changes should be made here. The first is a stiffer requirement to run for Memphis mayor. The current rules require only 25 signatures and a filing fee of $100. Just increasing the number of signatures to a higher number would weed out a fair number of the candidates who aren't serious about this process. The other change that we desperately need to make is to institute a runoff process for this city office.

If 30 candidates are running, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that the mayor we get may not be the one that most people want.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email or call 800-465-1210.