Addition is not always the best method for improvement, sometimes it’s subtraction. If you are looking to increase the square footage of your home, or improve the value of your portfolio, then addition is way to go. However, if you’re trying to lose weight, or give yourself more room in the garage, then subtraction is the answer.
When it comes to the Naperville city council, adding more effective council members is beneficial, but in order to do that, current less-than-effective members have to be subtracted from the council to make room for higher quality. They can be voted out of office, or they can move on to other elected positions.
Two council members, Becky Anderson and Patty Gustin, have announced their candidacy for other offices. Anderson is running in the 2018 Democratic primary for U.S. Rep Peter Roskam’s 6th District Seat, and Patty Gustin is running in the 2018 Republican Primary for a DuPage County Board seat.
If either or both are elected, the Naperville city council will have a huge opportunity for improvement. Looking at the nine-member city council, both Anderson and Gustin would qualify for membership in the lower third for demonstrating accountability, communicating effectively, thinking critically, and driving change.
Getting elected out of office would be the preferred method improvement by subtraction, but sometimes getting elected into (another) office provides the same result.