From: David Tofsted<[email protected]>
Date: On Wed, Nov 8, 2023 at 09:59
Subject: Fw: Yesterday’s Election – A Mixed Bag, but Ranked Choice Worked in Mayor’s Race
I can’t say that I am ecstatic about the results of yesterday’s elections, but I can say that it seems like people are beginning to “get it” with regards to how the ranked choice election system works.
In the mayor’s race, first off, my condolences to both Mike and Isabella. I’m sure you gave it all you had and it just didn’t work out. On the other hand, what we didn’t end up with was a rabidly far-left mayor. (See below.) Instead, we got a moderate Democrat mayor in Enriquez, because the ranked choice voting system worked like it was supposed to.
Unlike 4 years ago where hundreds of votes dropped out at every stage of the ranked choice elimination system, instead voters got to pick their favorite candidates first and then choose their second, third, and fourth choices after. And while some 800 votes were lost at the point where Mike and Isabella were eliminated, ultimately over 1,600 of their votes shifted over to Enriquez and this made the difference in the outcome.
Congratulations also to Bill Mattiace, who defeated Tessa Abeyta. As a result we will have a board that is 5-2 instead of 6-1 where I’m viewing Miyagishima as the “moderate.” Although we know that isn’t true, it’s clear that he is to the right of the rest of the board. And further, now that Enriquez has won with many Republican votes one would hope that he will be more responsive to our side of arguments and in setting priorities.
Mayoral RCV rounds: