The county currently faces a lawsuit over the issue. "Satorre et al. vs. San Mateo County Board of Supervisors" claims that at-large elections violate minority rights by leading to underrepresentation on the board; the case is scheduled for trial on Aug. 20.
The two remaining candidates for District 4 — Shelly Masur and Warren Slocum — favor letting voters decide the form of election. "I have said consistently that the people should have a chance to vote on the issue of district vs. at large elections. Personally I support the idea of district elections for supervisors — my reasons are that the current system has a high cost barrier for those that might want to run — and district elections might encourage more people to run for public office," Mr. Slocum told the Almanac.
The Board of Supervisors will discuss whether to let voters decide during its meeting on Tuesday, June 26. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at 400 County Center in Redwood City.
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