If Bakersfield City Councilwoman Jacquie Sullivan wants the responsible party to pay for the upcoming special election in Ward 1, the estimated $100,000 cost should be borne by the city council members themselves.

Rudy Salas vacated his seat to become an elected member of the state Assembly but that did not force a special election. The voters of Ward 1 rallied to force an election, but their petition ultimately failed on a technicality. It was the city council, including Sullivan herself, who voted to hold a special election.

I am amazed that, despite our patriotism, we are haggling over the price tag of democracy in this town. I can only hope that the price for those opposed to a free and open democracy is an overwhelming, humiliating loss if and when they stand for re-election.