Proposition D returns the power of selecting their own representative to the voters, encourages grassroots participation, and enables candidates to compete more equitably for public office. Currently, if a Supervisor seat becomes vacant, the Mayor appoints the replacement who could serve as Supervisor up to two years before facing an election. This deprives the voters in that district of the right to select their own representative and places an appointee beholden to the Mayor within the legislative body. This also gives the appointee the advantage of running as an established incumbent in the next election. Proposition D simply requires that the Mayor appoint a temporary supervisor within 28 days and that the City then hold a special district election for that office. The appointee may not run in the special election for that position, although they can run at a future date or for a different office.
The League urges you to support this strengthening of our democratic process.