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Editorial: Charter will be stronger

Published 08/18/2012, The Republican Eagle

Soaring high: A loophole in Red Wing’s charter came to light 20 months ago when the mayoral office sat vacant pending a special election. Nothing inappropriate occurred or was even hinted at, but it became apparent that a council person serving as acting mayor had potential to wield tremendous powers. Those included the ability to both vote and veto — a conflict of interest as well as failed separation of powers that the charter seeks to ensure.

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