Mayor wants non-partisan city elections

(07/21/03) THE BRONX - Mayor Bloomberg's Charter Revision Commission met Monday to discuss the possibility of eliminating party affiliations from city elections.

The commission heard testimony from other cities where a non-partisan election system is already in place. Those in favor of a non-partisan election feel voters would have a wider range of candidates and would be able to identify with candidates based on the issues rather than political party.

Mayor Bloomberg feels non-partisan elections will benefit minorities. He says out of the 41 cities that have non-partisan elections, 15 have minority mayors. He would like to see the system in place by 2009.

The commission is expected to make a decision by the end of the summer. If approved, voters would be asked to decide on the issue in the November elections.

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