City of Antioch Mayoral Selection Act, Measure M (June 2012)

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A City of Antioch Mayoral Selection ballot question, Measure M was on the June 5, 2012 ballot for voters in the City of Antioch in Contra Costa County, where it was overwhelmingly defeated.[1]

If Measure M had been approved, the city would have stopped electing its mayors and instead the mayor would have been chosen from among the members of the Antioch City Council on a rotating basis.

A simple majority was required for approval.

Election results

Measure M
Defeatedd No10,63584.02%
Yes 2,023 15.98%
Source: Contra Costa County elections office


Arne Simonsen, a member of the Antioch City Council from 2000-2008, opposed the ballot measure. He said, "One thing I found out is that if you hold the position of 'mayor', whether directly elected or appointed in a rotating system, for the rest of your life you will be referred to as 'mayor'. That doesn't happen if you are elected as a City Council member. So it would appear to be more of an ego trip for those who do not want to go through the effort to be elected mayor."[2]

Ballot text

The question on the ballot:

MEASURE M: "Shall the position of a directly elected mayor be eliminated, so that the Antioch City Council is composed of five members who will choose among themselves who will serve as mayor?"[3]


  1. Mercury News, "East Bay races and measures head to June 5 ballot," March 9, 2012
  2. Contra Costa Times, "Guest Commentary: Antioch should keep mayor an elected position," May 14, 2012
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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