With political junkies gearing up for next year's mayoral election, city movers and shakers have been talking about a scenario that'd give the aforementioned fiends an overdose.
Imagine if you will, that Gavin Newsom wins the Lieutenant Governor's seat. The Board of Supervisors selects his replacement. Then, under a city law mandating an appointed mayor stand election within 120 days, voters go to the polls shortly thereafter. And then
we go again for the regularly scheduled November mayoral election.
Could San Francisco actually have two
mayoral elections next year? Here's what Department of Elections chief John Arntz had to say:
No. No we cannot. Here's why. Under section 13.101.5 of the City Charter
, an appointed mayor is indeed required to stand for election -- or not run, and give way to the winner of that election -- within 120 days. Unless -- you knew there'd be an "unless" -- the following occurs:
Any person filling a vacancy ... shall serve until a successor is
the next election occurring not less than 120 days after
the vacancy, at which time an election shall be held to fill the
unexpired term, provided that (1) if an election for the
vacated office is scheduled to occur less than one year after the
vacancy, the appointee shall serve until a successor is
selected at that election or (2) if an election for any seat on the
same board as the vacated seat is scheduled to occur less
than one year but at least 120 days after the vacancy, the appointee
shall serve until a successor is selected at that
election to fill the unexpired term.
Sorry, political junkies. Since the November, 2011 election would take place less than a year after Newsom's potential successor was selected by the board in January, we won't have two elections next year.
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