For John, BLUF: Sometimes our "short hand" obscures the basic reading of the rules.
Yesterday Kad Barma challenged me about the need to have a registered Republican and a registered Democrat, each, on the City's License Commission. The consensus amongst the three of us at lunch was that it was to ensure diversity, but why those parties by name.
Turns out, the law (Part I, Title X, Chapter 138, Section 4) doesn't mention parties by name.
One member shall be appointed from each of the two leading political parties and the third member may also be appointed from one of said parties.If say the Libertarians began to outpoll the Republicans, then the City Manager would need to ensure there was a Libertarian on the License Commission, although some might ask if that was a contradiction in terms. :-)
Hat tip to a current member of the License Commission for the citation in the law.
Regards — Cliff