City of Antioch Mayoral Selection Act, Measure M (June 2012)
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.
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."
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?"|
- Mercury News, "East Bay races and measures head to June 5 ballot," March 9, 2012
- Contra Costa Times, "Guest Commentary: Antioch should keep mayor an elected position," May 14, 2012
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