The City Council reelected Scott Peters as its president today for the third straight year over another councilman’s sharp objections.

After enjoying unanimous support for his presidency in the first two years of the office’s existence, Peters drew opposition from two council members in this year’s vote.

Councilman Tony Young, who expressed interest in the president position, criticized Peters for allowing too much maneuvering behind the scenes on city business, fostering a clique culture among his favorite council members, and for being too accommodating of Mayor Jerry Sanders.

Young said Peters’ selection was an example of the environment the council president has cultivated during his first two years.

“I’m not sure what was discussed, I’m not sure what was talked about, but I’ll tell you one thing: I don’t think this audience heard about it,” Young said. “That’s the problem.”

Peters said in April that he didn’t want to seek a third term, but he said he changed his mind when it appeared no one with the needed support was going to step forward.

In addition to Young, Councilman Jim Madaffer, who nominated Peters during this morning’s meeting, angled for the job, but he said he abandoned that ambition once Peters said he would serve as president again.

Peters was elected 6-2, with Young and Councilwoman Donna Frye voting against his reelection.

“I’m looking forward to another year of progress and finishing my term here on council,” Peters said.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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