sue lempert

Many cities and school districts, under threat of a lawsuit by a Malibu attorney, have already adopted or are in the process of changing to district elections rather than remaining citywide or countywide.

The biggest advantage of district elections — it makes running for office simpler and cheaper. A candidate just needs to run in his or her extended neighborhood and doesn’t need that much money to run a successful campaign. For city elections, endorsements from your neighbors are more important than endorsements from county or state officials. And it makes it much easier for newcomers to win elections, especially from under-represented areas. It’s an invitation for those who have thought about seeking local office but haven’t had the funds or time to wage a citywide, no less a countywide campaign. It means more younger people will run and candidates who bring a fresh perspective.

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Congrats to all, including Peninsula Family Service, which played a key role in San Mateo earning the designation of Age-Friendly City. The entity is actually the World Health Organization (WHO), not the one mentioned in the column, as you can see if you go to the website link.

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