Residents can vote to change Canandaigua city government

One of the many decisions city voters will be making on Election Day this year may play a major role in the next local election year, 2019.

Three separate questions will go to voters on this year’s ballot, containing proposed changes to the city’s charter as recommended by an 11-member city Charter Review Commission.

The charter guides how the city operates and is considered the city’s constitution.

The group met for over a year and came up with several recommendations that its chairman, Paul Bringewatt, said are positive changes for the city.

The first asks voters to create four-year staggered terms of office for all City Council members and the mayor. Candidates in the four wards would be the first to run for the four-year terms, beginning in 2019, if approved.

Candidates for the at-large seats and mayor would run for four-year terms in 2021.

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