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Dear Editor:

Rejoice, we experienced democracy in action. As a supporter of the term-limits initiative in Grapevine, our goal was to put the matter on the ballot and we met our goal. A truly citizens’ effort, with limited budget, we had to self-educate and to navigate through provisions of the Texas Constitution, Texas Local Gov. Code, Texas Election Code and the Grapevine City Charter. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.

The petition fell short of my personal hope of 40 percent to 45 percent of the votes. Otherwise, I am very pleased with the effort it took to get it on the ballot. The recent well-contested council elections and the term-limits initiative show, at least, some 40 percent of Grapevine-citizens want different council and/or changes in the structure of the city-government. That is “not” a small number to be ignored. There are other ideas, such as a truly elected at-large council, to reform the city-government.

Those who consider themselves city-leaders, have shown unhealthy attitudes by being opponents of the democratic processes. For example, after this past May election, the Mayor was quoted (in another local paper) as saying people he disagrees with should stop “complaining.”

Who funded the term-limits opposition is a matter of public-record, find out for yourself at ( www.grapevinetexas.gov/DocumentCenter/View/854). There, you’ll find a number of businesses having contracts with the City which donated to oppose term-limits; some of these businesses’ principals do not even live in Grapevine. I do not consider the opposition a citizen’s effort, do you?

M. Aram Azadpour Grapevine

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