Saturday, June 16, 2018

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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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