With six candidates seeking the mayor's job in Aurora -- and winner Ann Womer Benjamin garnering only 38.5 percent of the votes cast -- it might be time for the city to consider establishing a primary election process.
This is the first time in recent memory that the Aurora mayoral election has been so crowded. In recent years, the most candidates who have run for mayor has been three.
Although it is great to see six people interested in the job -- all of whom were qualified to serve -- such a large field means someone can win with well below a majority of the voter support.
Many cities have a primary system in place -- at least for mayor. In some, it is a partisan primary -- candidates run as Republicans or Democrats. In others, such as neighboring Streetsboro and Twinsburg, it is nonpartisan -- if there are a lot of candidates, there is a runoff two or three months ahead of the general election, and the field is reduced.
In light of this year's crowded mayoral ballot, we believe the time has come for Aurora to look into setting up a primary process. Doing that would require a charter change. The next charter review commission should initiate discussions on instituting a mayoral primary.
George Mazzaro has been saying the same thing for awhile. Citizens can have input into the charter review process, so now is the time for Aurora citizens to start looking into the process.