My Turn, Your Turn: Response to Run-off Segment

WILMINGTON -- One of our recent commentaries attracted the attention of Wilmington City Councilman Ronald Sparks.

Last month I called the run-off election to pick the Democratic Party's nominee for state labor commissioner a total waste of money.  It cost us 4 million tax-payer dollars.

The first term council member agreed that this wasn't the best use of funds but added:

"I am concerned that we not confuse that primary with the City of Wilmington's non partisan elections which routinely have a runoff.  Wilmington's run-off costs are approximately $60 thousand dollars.  This can be budgeted for."

"We do not want to impede the democratic process here by reducing the opportunity for a run-off to decide our local election."

The councilman has a point. There is a huge difference between city and statewide elections. Here in Wilmington voters are routinely asked to go to the polls to decide from an unlimited and sometimes huge number of candidates.  If none of those politicians get a clear majority, voters are asked to go back again to decide from a narrower field.

That system works fine.

On a state level though, because of the secondary primary, voters can be asked to vote on one race three times - in May - in June - and then again in November.  That makes no sense at all.

You can't fight city hall.  And in this case, I'm not trying to.

That's Ronald Sparks turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at