Grand Junction's Socialist Mayor

This column, published in The Daily Sentinel online on April 19, is a follow-up to my column of April 6, about Grand Junction's City Charter that was adopted in 1909 and its unique voting system.



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I haven't been able to find a photo of Mayor Thomas M. Todd. However, because he was considered as a vice-presidential running mate for Socialist Eugene Debs in 1912, I have included this poster.


It's been interesting that the April 6 column, linked below, has prompted a number of comments from outside the region.


First, Jack Santucci, a professor of politics at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He's working on a book about the history of preferential voting, or ranked choice voting and said he thought I did a good job explaining the issue in the limited space I had. He also sent me more information about the history of such voting systems.


Later, Linda Templin, with a group called Ranked Choice Voting Colorado, sent me an email saying she enjoyed the column and explaining the differences between Grand Junction's 1909 system and modern systems of ranked choice voting.