New administrations usually start with high hopes of cooperation and good communications between the Urban County Council and mayor. This time there is more than usual reason to think those hopes might actually pan out.
Linda Gorton, whom voters wisely made vice mayor, already has a working relationship with Mayor-elect Jim Gray, who has been vice mayor the past four years and ran for mayor on an open-door pledge.
Gray and Gorton have been in the trenches on the same side of some controversies. While no one should expect perfect agreement, the city will be well served if they keep talking on a regular and mutually respectful basis.
Under a recently approved reorganization, the vice mayor will have a more prominent role in leading council deliberations, for which Gorton is well suited.
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Congratulations to Gorton and the three newcomers who won council seats.
One of them, Bill Farmer Jr., is actually an old-timer, whom voters chose over incumbent Cheryl Feigel for the seat Farmer vacated four years ago.
The other two newcomers — Steve Kay, who won an at-large seat, and Chris Ford, who won the District 1 seat being vacated by Andrea James — promise to be quick studies.