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Lane Calls for Open Leadership Selection Process, Asks to be Considered for Chair

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Looking ahead to next month's annual election of leadership for the County Legislature, Legislator Mike Lane, in a statement to the Legislature, urged that "a more publicly transparent selection process" be used for choosing legislative leadership for 2012.

During his 14 years on the Legislature, Lane said, proposed leaders have been vetted in private with the vote at the organizational meeting largely predetermined. He maintained rotation of leadership and committee chair positions is a mark of good government.

Lane proposed that the election of chair and vice chair come via a free vote of each legislator at January's organizational meeting, and that those interested in either position publicly announce well in advance and be willing to discuss their candidacies with fellow legislators and the public.

Mr. Lane announced that he is interested in serving as Legislature Chair in 2012--'not entering the position with an ideological agenda, but with a desire to work with all other legislators and to "come together in the best interests of the people of the county as a whole." He urged other legislators to join him by publicly declaring early on if they would like to be considered.