Saturday, June 16, 2018

London Breed: Elected by a minority

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Mark Leno and Jane Kim

Letter to the editor in this morning's SF Chronicle:

Regarding your June 14 editorial (“The city has spoken”) on what you called the “impressive breadth” of London Breed’s support: Let’s look a bit deeper into the numbers: Breed, the moderate, got 36.6 percent of first-place votes. Is this “impressive breadth”? 

What percent of first-place votes did the two progressives, Mark Leno and Jane Kim, get? Together they got 46.8 percent of all first-place votes. Hardly an impressive “mandate” for Breed. More voters wanted a progressive mayor.

This shows the flaws in ranked-choice voting, especially in races for citywide offices, such as the mayor. 

To elect a true representative of the majority for citywide offices, we should return to a top-two-runoff system in races when the leading candidate in the first round gets less than 50 plus one of all votes.

Peter Yedidia
San Francisco

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At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heck, well even at district elections, a candidate can win by as little as 1,500 votes then they think they have a mandate not only for the district but the city as a whole. Let's go back to city wide elections for all elected offices. I don't see anything positive over the last 20 years coming to D6 from district elections...things have only gotten worse. Plus our district supervisor(s) doesn't even listen to our concerns!!

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Agreed on district elections. The "progressive" supervisors elected since 2000 have done more damage to San Francisco than anything since the 1906 earthquake and fire.


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