4-1 vote: Young, Campbell, Largaespada and Patterson YES, Strawbridge NO
Late last night, Benicia resident Judi Sullivan reported:
“…For those who weren’t there or didn’t watch the vote, it was four to one to keep the ‘at large’ elections instead of switching to district ones mandated by the state for reasons not seen to apply to our population.
An additional caveat was added to this vote, which was to connect with other common cause cities in the state who have similar smaller populations and demographics which don’t fit the state’s mandated purpose for switching to district elections.
Public Comments were strongly in support of continuing with ‘at large’ elections.
City Council members Tom Campbell, Steve Young, Lionel Largaespada and Mayor Elizabeth Patterson voted to uphold “at large” elections with Vice Mayor Christina Strawbridge voting against this choice.”
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