I was asked (twice)  if I was going to write about the City Clerk’s election contest, but I lacked the time to do it justice either from a legal or political perspective.  Not that it was not interesting, as it was the first election contest (aside from ballot challenges) that I can remember in a long time.  On the other hand, it’s like winning an argument on the Internet.  Even if you win, what do the sides have to show for it?

    I think the problem with the hyper-politicization of San Bernardino politics is that partisans on both sides were acting as if the City Clerk was the key to the whole balance of political power in the City of San Bernardino.  I can understand why each side would not want a City Clerk that was hostile to their perceived interests.  However, the City Clerk is far from the most important elected official in the City.  The job is largely ministerial; the law requires the City Clerk to do certain things without discretion.

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