It’s still early, but it’s looking very likely that the Advance Allen campaign will fail. This is not a big surprise for us. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s at at stake.
Basically, Allen County is currently run by three Commissioners, and the legislative power is held by a seven-member Council, four from geographical districts, and three elected at-large. The Advance Allen would get rid of at-large members and replace the County Commissioners with one single county executive.
It was never clear exactly how the county would be divided geographically, and whether that would result in more or fewer members coming from rural areas. But the main concern, I think, was the idea of replacing the Commission with a single executive. Residents have been apprehensive about putting all executive power in the hands of a single person, and it appears as though those concerns will result in the proposal being rejected.