...an older, politically connected white guy.
Yes, the powers that be, responsible for filling city council vacancies, figured out that the kind of thinking required to get the city out of the pickle that it has been in for decades is pretty much the same kind of thinking that got the city into the pickle it has been in for decades.
Oh, and did I mention that the guy Mr Evans is replacing was an older, politically connected white guy?
It's all kind of like an alcoholic figuring out that the "cure" for alcoholism is to simply keep drinking.
Here's a thought: how the city has been run has not been working. Continuing to put people in power who will do nothing but maintain the status quo will only result in more status quo. In the case of Scranton, that means the inevitable death spiral towards bankruptcy will only continue.
Now I am sure that Mr Evans is an honorable man, a nice man, a man who means well. I don't know him personally, but I know of his reputation, which is that of someone who is pretty much just like all of the other members of council. Is that what the city REALLY needs in this day and age?
Maybe, just maybe, the city needs someone who is not connected to...and beholden to...entrenched political interests.
Maybe, just maybe, the city needs someone who doesn't view the world through the lens of a older white guy.
Maybe, just maybe, the city needs someone who understands what it means to financially struggle while living in a city like Scranton.
In the final analysis, assuming that this story is correct, Scranton City Council has once again failed its constituents by making political connection the single most important qualification for office. To quote the line of a song I know...
"...and we never failed to fail, it was the easiest thing to do"