When you elect a county supervisor to fight for your beliefs you expect that supervisor to be elected by you.
Your neighbors should not be allowed to choose a county supervisor for you when that supervisor doesn't even represent them. Elections are about representing as much of the population as possible. To form a better democracy we need to take steps toward a more representative government.
Measure B is a good step towards a more representative government for San Mateo County. By changing from "at large" elections that allow the whole county to vote for a county supervisor for a specific district is a clear violation of that district's right to vote for a candidate that they believe is the right choice for them.
Both "at large" and by district elections discriminate against minorities but by district is the right step toward a better democracy.
In the current system a minority district that supports a candidate can be beaten because of voters from outside their district. That makes no sense. Why would we allow people that won't be represented by a candidate pick that candidate? That's not democracy.
By district elections will allow people within the district to choose their county supervisor. A minority group won't be outvoted by a majority group from a totally different area. This will lead to a better reflection of the actual beliefs and values of that district.
Those who oppose Measure B argue that it isn't a total comprehensive change that makes the system totally fair. That argument is the same argument that a smoker says when he tries to quit but decides against it because one day without smoking wouldn't totally get him to quit.
It takes many steps to achieve a perfect democracy and this is one of the stepping stones. I urge you to vote yes on Measure B.
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