A Progressive Alamedan

Various writings from a resident of Alameda regarding the political scene. The local perspective of local, state and national politics and a few other odds and ends of local concern. May not be particularly interesting to people outside of the Alameda area.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Two or Three City Council Openings

It appears that there are going to be a lot of candidates for City Council. It's actually frustrating to me; there are more candidates I'd like to support than the two openings can handle!

However, it occurred to me that there is a chance that the next mayor we elect may leave a fresh opening on the council, depending on whether their term is still active or not.

I checked with the City Clerk, and she referred me to Section 2-7(A)) of the City Charter:

Vacancies caused by the election of a Councilmember to the office of Mayor shall be filled by the candidate not elected for a contested Council seat who received the highest number of votes, provided said candidate received votes from at least 10 percent (10%) of the total number of voters.

Very interesting. So this means that if the mayoral election leaves an opening, there could be three people joining the council (as new or returning members).


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