Town Square

Post a New Topic

What happened to competitive primaries?

Original post made by Tim Hunt, Castlewood, on Mar 13, 2012

Proponents of the open primary and citizens redistricting political districts had hoped the two changes would result in more competitive races.

This story contains 483 words.

If you are a paid subscriber, check to make sure you have logged in. Otherwise our system cannot recognize you as having full free access to our site.

If you are a paid print subscriber and haven't yet set up an online account, click here to get your online account activated.

Comments (2)

Like this comment
Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 13, 2012 at 9:53 am

Stacey is a registered user.

Mr. Hunt,

You try to draw some parallel between the lack of competition in this round of elections and the change in redistricting methods with little evidence. Have you looked at how many times a local supervisor has run unopposed prior to citizens' redistricting to see if this election is out of the ordinary? And have you looked at similar data from other locations with citizens' redistricting and incumbents running unopposed?

Like this comment
Posted by Tim Hunt
a resident of Castlewood
on Mar 13, 2012 at 11:35 am

Tim Hunt is a registered user.

One of the results of term limits in Sacramento has been politicians returning to local offices. In Alameda County, Wilma Chan did exactly that as did Gov. Jerry Brown when he was elected mayor of Oakland. Same goes for former speaker Willie Brown in San Francisco or the current Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, also a former Assembly speaker. I may not have been clear in the redistricting comment--that the commission only dealt with Congress, the state Senate and the Assembly. Supervisors redrew their own boundaries.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


To post your comment, please login or register at the top of the page. This topic is only for those who have signed up to participate by providing their email address and establishing a screen name.

ValleyCare closes Livermore thrift store
By Tim Hunt | 0 comments | 1,022 views