Commentary on Council President
Seen above at her June 2008 primary victory party, Annie McWilliams has proven to be an astute learner since taking office on Jan. 1, 2009. She already had a political legacy as the daughter the late two-term Mayor Albert T. McWilliams. In 2008, she attended many City Council meetings and she has taken notes and asked questions at every meeting this year.
She is the complete opposite of the kind of council representative that Plaintalker perceives as "place-holders," the politically tried and true sort who are not likely to buck the machine or make waves. Storch said at the 2009 reorganization there was a new direction with a "thinking council" as Adrian Mapp and Annie McWilliams joined the ranks. Certainly the administration has received more pressure in 2009 for accountability and transparency than it did in the previous three years.
Now that voters have returned the mayor to office, the push for thoughtful decisions is likely to continue. A new city administrator is going to find that Annie McWilliams expects full explanations and sound rationales for proposals put before the City Council. If she can "count to four" on the 2010 council, look forward to progress.