We also share concerns that were raised at Monday’s public hearing by Jason Antrosio, who warned that the student-heavy Fifth Ward could create some unforeseen circumstances. What worries us most is not that the students would rise up and seize political power, but rather that it would become a silent ward whose residents are not enfranchised in the political process of city government.
There is still time for more work on these and other concerns. Miller told the Council on Tuesday that another workshop would be held to go over the new ward boundaries in advance of the next Common Council meeting.
We encourage all who have questions, comments or concerns about this process to get involved — now, before it’s too late.