In my previous career, I was responsible for hiring executives throughout the country. Out of every 20 applicants, ten would be phone screened, four would be invited in for an interview, and one would be hired. One out of twenty (5%) was the norm. The corporation could afford to be very selective, because they were an employer of choice by executives looking for an opportunity.
Getting hired in today’s economy is no easy task at any level including entry level jobs. For almost every available job, there are numerous candidates looking to get hired.
However there is one place where 40% of the candidates interviewing for a position get hired, and that place is the Naperville city council; 20 candidates and eight were ‘hired’ by the voters. Where else can almost half of the job seekers get hired. So getting hired is easy. Percentage-wise, it might be more difficult getting a job at McDonald’s than getting elected to the Naperville city council.
The voter turnout was ridiculously low, which usually favors incumbents, but only two of the four incumbents were elected, and one of the two (Judy Brodhead) was elected to a second-tier two year term. In fact, of the four council women elected, she came in 4th place. Not a strong showing for an incumbent. Based on the results of this election, Brodhead may be looking at her last term.
Mayor-elect Steve Chirico began campaigning almost two years before the election, which means it might be in Brodhead’s best interest to start campaigning now to retain her council seat.
There is no better place to campaign, than during city council meetings where every word and every vote is recorded for residents (voters) to hear and see.
May 5th will be the first Naperville city council meeting for the new city council members. Getting elected is easy; getting the job done is not so easy. It’s on that date and forward, that we will begin to hear and see which council members would have been “better to remain silent, and thought a fool, than to speak out, and remove all doubt”.