San Francisco Ban on Dual Service as Elected Official and Elected Member of Political Party County Central Committee, Measure H (November 2010)

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Measure H, a Ban on Dual Service as an Elected Official and an Elected Member of a Political Party County Central Committee was on the November 2, 2010 ballot for voters in San Francisco. It was defeated.

If it had been approved, Measure H would have banned city officials from also being elected to local political party governing boards.[1]

Measure H would have applied to 18 elective offices; those for Mayor, Assessor-Recorder, City Attorney, District Attorney, Public Defender, Sheriff, Treasurer, and 11 seats on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Election results

  • Yes: 103,141 (42.44%)
  • No: 139,878 (57.56%) Defeatedd

Election results are from the San Francisco elections division as of November 26, 2010.

A simple majority vote was required for approval.


Proposition H would have amended the City’s Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code to prohibit elected City officials from serving on a political party county central committee. Proposition H defined this term to mean "any county central committee of a political party recognized by the California Elections Code that performs political activities for the benefit of the party and on behalf of the party’s candidates.”

Persons violating this provision would have been subject to civil, criminal, and administrative penalties, including possible suspension and removal from elective office.


The main sponsor of Measure H is Mayor Gavin Newsom, who also wrote the ballot arguments in favor of Measure H that appear in the city's official voter pamphlet.

The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce supported Measure H, saying it is "the most important good-government measure on the ballot."[1]

"Plan C San Francisco" supported Measure H.


Tom Ammiano signed the ballot argument in opposition to Proposition H that appears in the city's official voter pamphlet.

The San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association called Proposition H "a misuse of the ballot process" and "part of the tired fight between the mayor and the Board of Supervisors."[1]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Proposition H: Shall the City prohibit elected City officials from serving on San Francisco political party county central committees?[2]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 San Francisco Chronicle, "Proposition H exposes power struggles among S.F. Dems", September 27, 2010
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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