City Attorney Jeanine Hummer and council insisted that Sue Ralph, replacement in May for Mike Schadek, who left council early this year, could serve out the remainder of his three-plus-year term, contrary to what the charter says. Omar Ganoom contested this in court. Ms. Hummer needed two law firms to defend her own charter and lost quickly, the Supreme Court judging the case illogical and absurd.

To the Editor:

City Attorney Jeanine Hummer and council insisted that Sue Ralph, replacement in May for Mike Schadek, who left council early this year, could serve out the remainder of his three-plus-year term, contrary to what the charter says.

UA resident Omar Ganoom contested this in court. Ms. Hummer needed two law firms to defend her own charter and lost quickly, the Supreme Court judging the case illogical and absurd.

UA spent over $100,000 of taxpayer money. UA has three attorneys costing $800,000 yearly, and they cannot handle their job without expensive outside help? We need fewer but more competent people.

Thanks to this win, there will be a highly qualified, financial expert, Omar Ganoom, running against Sue Ralph for a council seat this November. Current Council members seem to always be on the same page -- the wrong one -- against the good of the community (pool, playground, wasting money on unwanted additions and so on) but neglecting basics like fixing streets and infrastructure as we were promised.

There should be more balance among council, someone asking the hard questions, with more experience in municipal affairs, finance and common sense. Omar Ganoom will be that person.

Charlotte Assor

Upper Arlington