RG48.4 Springfield’s winning streak

I was asked by a reporter last week if I had any insights into Springfield’s winning streak. They are seven-for-seven on money measures in this decade. I told him I had opinions, but no insights and the two ought never to be confused. That said, there are some ideas floating that haven’t been aired. Maybe I should air them. A quick list. 1. Bill Morrisette was a great cheerleader during a seminal period. 2. Springfield doesn’t attract mayors who want to be hands-on, so the city manager form of government works better for them. 3. Although councilors must live in the district they represent, the entire city votes for each councilor, so each simultaneously represents their part and the whole. 4. They can use their larger neighbor as a foil: “What? Do you want us to become like Eugene?!”