How should voters choose local candidates? | News – California News

How should voters choose local candidates? | News – California News

The Elk Grove-South County Democratic Club on Aug. 8 held a discussion on whether voters or not voters should still elect Elk Grove City Council members at large.

They also explored the “by-district” option where candidates would only be elected by voters who live within their council districts.   

Club President Dan Schmitt stated that next month the club will be voting on a resolution to encourage the Elk Grove City Council, the Elk Grove school board, and the Cosumnes Community Services District board to hold by-district elections.

Since Elk Grove became a city in 2000, voters have elected their City Council members across the city, as opposed to having council members only elected by voters who live within their council districts.

Schmitt estimates that about 90 percent of the club’s members currently favor by-district voting. And he added that he is also being swayed in that direction.

“I’m still in the research stage,” he said. “It really takes me a long time. If I had to vote right now, I’d vote for it. I think it’s more democratic.

“(We) got to get money out of politics some way. It’s a little thing here, not a big thing. But it’s one step in making it more doable for people who don’t have a lot of money to run and represent us.”

Jim Kelly, the meeting’s main speaker, explained why he is proposing that the process should be changed to by-district voting.

“I believe that by-district elections will net us a more responsive City Council,” the Elk Grove resident said. “Instead of having 100,000…

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