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Sequoia Healthcare District moving to "zone-based" elections
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by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills,
on Sep 21, 2017
Reading the handwriting-on-the-wall, the Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors passed a resolution yesterday APPROVING THE INTENTION TO CHANGE FROM AT-LARGE TO ZONE-BASED ELECTION OF MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMMENCING IN NOVEMBER OF 2018. Sequoia Union High School District, whose boundaries include the Sequoia Healthcare, as well as East Palo Alto, recently went through the process. Web Link
If implemented, here's the scenario for the Nov. 2018 Sequoia Healthcare District election:
It is likely that Jerry Shefren(Portola Valley) who is up for re-election will find himself residing in a zone occupied by Kim Griffin(West Menlo Park), and Art Faro will find himself in the same zone as Katie Kane(they currently live in the same precinct). Both Griffin and Kane have 2 years left in their terms. Shefren and Faro will be out of a job unless they move into a vacant zone. It is unlikely that my Emerald Hills address will be in either Griffin’s or Kane’s zone, but stranger things have happened. We could wind up with no incumbents running, and 3 newcomers joining Kim Griffin and Katie Kane on the Board!
At the meeting, I asked whether it was legally permissible to have an election in ALL 5 zones in 2018, so that voters would have an opportunity to choose which incumbents remained. Legal minds at the meeting suggested that "voter intent" in electing Kim and Katie to 4 year terms would prohibit such an election. I say "poppycock"!
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