"That was the recipe for me, at least," he said. "The people that finished fourth, fifth and sixth Tuesday still absolutely have a chance to climb into the top three. Which is why as I move on, I'm so glad to see we've got six good candidates. "
The hard work required starting right now, he said, is good practice for those who do get voted onto the council. Because doing that job right is going to take work, too, he said. Especially in the beginning, when newcomers may struggle to catch up with the veteran council members.
"If you talk to anyone on council, there's a learning curve after you get elected," Weller said. "It can take six months before you really understand how things work. You step in there in January and within two months, you've got to decide a budget."
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