As part of a new proposal to move San Jose’s mayoral race in line with national presidential elections, Sam Liccardo would hold the city’s highest elected office an extra two years.
In a new memo, Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco and her council colleagues Sergio Jimenez, Don Rocha and Chappie Jones call for a ballot measure to move the mayoral election back two years to 2024 to take advantage of the higher voter turnout that is typical during presidential elections.
“We value our electorate,” Carrasco said in a statement, “and believe that with increased voter turnout we will be able to elevate the Office of the Mayor and capture a more diverse constituent that is reflective of our city.”
But the suggestion has sparked concern from some of the city’s more right-leaning residents. Councilman Johnny Khamis, one of San Jose’s more conservative members, said he’d received a number of phone calls from unhappy people who see the move as a “power grab” by the left.
Not only would the measure allow Liccardo, a Democrat, to be mayor for a full decade at a pivotal moment in San Jose, as the city prepares for a massive Google campus near Diridon Station and several new BART stations, but it would likely drive up voter participation among residents who tend to align with Democrats. Low-income voters and minorities are more likely to turn out in presidential years.
Bob Nunez, the head of the Santa Clara County Republican Party, said he’s not concerned about more Democrats turning out, but about the mayoral race getting lost in the shuffle.
“As Republicans,” Nunez said, “it is really having the opportunity to go out and talk about very specific issues to our constituents in our cities…and not getting swept up in all the other kinds of things and losing sight of what’s important, and …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Politics