As of this writing, seven out of 13 CSM7 members aren't running for reelection to CSM8, and that includes four out of five (or five out of six, depending on what you believe) CSM7 work-horses. The rest? It seems likely that Dovinian and Greene Lee won't be reelected whether they run or not. TEST will almost certainly pick a new candidate to represent them rather than the former. Against ALL Authorities is no longer a sufficient power bloc to put the latter back in. That leaves Trebor Deahdoow, UAxDEATH, Meissa Anunthiel (heh), and Darius III (double heh) as the only people who could conceivably be elected to CSM8 and act as transition people.
In past CSM history, the smallest number of previous CSM members to transition to the follow-on CSM was CSM5 to CSM6, which only had two incumbents re-elected (Trebor, Meissa). Obviously, CSM6 was rather revolutionary in a lot of ways. In the light of the interest of null-sec blocs in the CSM, a lot of CSM5 members chose not to run, and others that did run were badly out-voted. CSM6 also had a strong Chair who came on board with a specific agenda and way of doing things in mind, which eased the transition. In addition, CSM5 provided an excellent transition document to the incoming CSM6, part of which was made public, which also eased the way.
Most CSM members re-elected? That'd be our current CSM, with -- when the term started -- eight members of the immediately prior CSM represented, plus two others from CSMs previous to that. I'm sure that's contributing to at least some of the rush for the door we're seeing.
Here's the full list of re-elected CSM members, if you're curious(1):
|4||Ankhesentapemkah, Darius JOHNSON, LaVista Vista, Omber Zombie|
|4||Vuk Lau, Omber Zombie, Meissa Anunthiel, Issler Dainze|
|3||Zastrow, Meissa Anunthiel, Serenity Steele|
|7||Korvin, TeaDaze, Meissa Anunthiel, Sokratesz, T'Amber, Helen Highwater, ElvenLord|
|2||Trebor Daehdoow, Meissa Anunthiel|
|8||The Mittani*, Two Step, Elise Randolph, Trebor Daehdoow, Seleene, UAxDEATH, Meissa Anunthiel, Darius III|
Now there are a number of people out there, my old friend Poetic Stanziel among them, who are basically calling for a completely fresh start to the CSM. Poetic in particular wants Trebor gone. I disagree for four reasons:
- Trebor brings a less-represented perspective to CCP;
- he's the last guy standing that knows the key players in CCP and what's likely to go over well when talking to them;
- he's an excellent worker, writer, and (when he chooses to be) a good communicator; and
- now there's an important fourth reason: he'd provide an important transition link to past CSMs.
For these reasons, I hope Trebor runs. We'll see what he decides to do.
'cause the only transition statement I can imagine from Darius III to the rest of CSM8 if he gets re-elected is a middle finger.
(1) In addition to what's shown, CSM5 had four additional members of CSMs prior to CSM4: Ankhesentapemkah, Dierdra Vaal, Vuk Lau, and mazzilliu. CSM7 had two additional members of CSMs prior to CSM6: Issler Dainze and Alekseyev Karrde.