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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.

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

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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?


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

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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.


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