Democrats’ inability to get anyone to run for mayor has the leader of the region’s largest labor union agitating for a major change to elections in San Diego.
Mickey Kasparian, president of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council and the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135, says it is time to change the rule that allows a candidate to win outright in primary elections if he or she gets more than 50 percent of the vote.
“We must change the City Charter,” Kasparian tweeted Monday. He elaborated at length during a recent interview with me. Francine Busby, chair of the local Democratic Party, also weighed in similarly, noting that Chula Vista recently made a change to eliminate outright wins in primary elections.
City Councilman Todd Gloria made the point in a recent interview as well.