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SHD minority zone D seat election delayed until 2020
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by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills,
on Feb 9, 2018
The Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors, threatened in August 2017 by a lawsuit by MeloSarsfield based upon the California Voting Rights Act, adopted a resolution of intent to move from at-large Board elections to zone elections (beginning with the November 2018 election, if feasible). They voted on December 10, 2017 to adopt the Zone map(Zones A thru E) to be used in the Nov. 2018 election. In this past Wednesday’s meeting, the Board voted to delay the election in minority Zone D(includes North Fairoaks & downtown RWC) until 2020. I argued against the delay.
By building up a rationale for designating the election cycle in minority zone D(includes North Fairoaks & downtown RWC) as Presidential(2020) rather than Gubernatorial(2018) the Sequoia Healthcare District sought to create an image of diligent compliance with the California Voting Rights Act. (The Presidential cycle has a significantly higher minority voter turnout) That image was tarnished when they concocted an interpretation of the law which ostensibly prevented the district from holding an election for a 2 year seat for minority Zone D(includes North Fairoaks & downtown RWC) in 2018. The end result? Minority Zone D will have no representation until 2020. But, Zone A will have two directors until 2020, and Art Faro won’t have to move into Zone D to run for re-election. I question the motive of those who precipitated this result.
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