Directly-elected Mayors

ed rosenthal
January 22, 2015

I have long been an advocate for directly-elected mayors for cities of any size, say greater than 25 or 50 thousand in population.  For smaller cities, the usual practice here in California of having the mayor elected by fellow Councilmembers is okay, because the job is largely ceremonial.  But the larger the city, the larger the budget, and the more influence a mayor can have over the daily lives of ordinary citizens, simply by setting the agenda and directing priorities.  The mayor is the symbolic embodiment of a city; he or she should be directly responsible to its citizens.

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