Unpeaceful goings-on

Should we change the city primaries?

Steve Peace and Mark Kersey
  • Steve Peace and Mark Kersey

A non-profit founded by Democratic state senator Steve Peace has just registered to lobby in San Diego. The Independent Voter Project is pushing for a charter amendment to require the top two vote-getters in city primaries to advance to a general election run-off.

Under the current system, a candidate who gets over 50 percent of the vote is declared the winner in the June primary, for which voter turnout has been consistently lighter than November. Republican Mark Kersey, who won his reelection battle in this year’s primary, champions the status quo, claiming that voters, “are quite happy that the city elections are done in June so that we’ll not turn around and be bothering them again in November alongside the congressional, and presidential and state candidates.”

But Kersey reportedly remains agnostic regarding a plan to build a new downtown stadium for the Chargers adjacent to real estate controlled by Peace’s boss, ex–Padres owner and Rancho Santa Fe mega-millionaire John Moores.

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Elections cost taxpayers money, whether the turnout is small or large. Keeping the 50% rule to call a Primary winner is a good one and should be left in place. Advancing the top two candidates to the General Election regardless of vote tally just means candidates need more money to run for office and spend on campaign consultants and hangers-on like Steve Peace and his son. What there oughta be is a law prohibiting misleading names like "Independent Voter Project" for lobbying businesses.

If Steve Peace thinks anything is a good idea it probably is a very poor idea. Since he supports it, SD voters would be well advised to vote "no." Once Steve is convinced that he cannot sell any more of his cockamamie ideas to the voters, he'll go back under his rock and leave us all alone.

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