While more than one-third of the city's registered voters are Democrats, only six Democrats serve on major city advisory boards and commissions.
The newly elected councilmen at large, Paul J. Weiss, who was named Council president, William G. Fava and Steven L. Dworzack, were rebuffed on a 6-3 party line-vote last Monday when four appointments were made.
The GOP nominees were appointed and no one suggested by the Council Democrats was appointed.
At the time Weiss recalled that when he was a Council member in the 1970s consideration was given to minority party nominees.
"There are a lot of Democrats and non-affiliates in the city and they deserve representation" on municipal boards, Weiss observed.
A check of the current city voter registration list shows 2,700 Democrats and 3,503 Republicans. Forty-seven percent of those registered are Republicans; 37 percent are Democrats, and 14 percent are not affiliated.
However, a check of nine major city advisory boards and commissions with a total membership of 58 lists only six Democrats and one of them has since moved out of the city. Republicans hold 46 committee posts.
There are six Republicans and a Conservatives on the important Planning Board. Only one Democrat sits on the Advisory Council on Water and Sewers. Both the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Mall Committee are all-Republican, and the Board of Assessment Review had four Republicans and one member who is non-affiliated. The only Council panel with more than one Democrat is the Advisory Council on Parks and Recreation, where four of the 10 members are registered Democrats.
The trio of Democrats was elected last November, defeating three Republicans, including former Council President Lee F. Allyn. Voter displeasure with a short-lived proposal to charge property owners for trash pickup and sharply increased sewer taxes was blamed for the defeat of the Republicans.