On Tuesday, April 16th, the San Jose City Council will consider shifting its Mayoral elections from the Gubernatorial Election Cycle to the Presidential Cycle in a vote on Item 3.3.
The SVO OPPOSES this shift as we believe it is not the right mechanism to increase voter turnout. See our attached letter for more information.
To support The SVO’s position, you can:
Write an opposition email to the San Jose City Council.
Send an email opposing the shift in election cycles to MayorEmail@sanjoseca.gov and cc the rest of the Council at:
a. District1@sanjoseca.gov ; District2@sanjoseca.gov ; District3@sanjoseca.gov ; District4@sanjoseca.gov ; District5@sanjoseca.gov ; District6@sanjoseca.gov ; District7@sanjoseca.gov ; District8@sanjoseca.gov ; District9@sanjoseca.gov ; District10@sanjoseca.gov; Agendadesk@sanjoseca.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is draft language for you to use:
Dear Honorable Mayor Liccardo and City Councilmembers,
I write today to urge you all to oppose Item 3.3’s shift of San Jose’s Mayoral election to the Presidential election cycle.
As a (resident/business owner) in San Jose, I value the distinction San Jose receives in a Gubernatorial election in selecting a Mayor to run a City of more than 1 million people. By retaining our current election cycle, San Jose issues, values and accomplishments are brought to the forefront without the shadow of national news coverage. We must make sure that politicians are attentive to the needs of local issues.
While I agree that more voter turnout is better for a robust democratic process, I disagree with the idea that shifting mayoral elections to a Presidential election year automatically drives up voter turnout. Rather, I would urge the Council to partner with other governmental agencies and organizations to drive voter turnout through enhanced civic engagement strategies and initiatives.
Across the nation, the largest cities agree that local issues are important and still have their Mayoral elections in non-Presidential election years:
· The City of Los Angeles
· The City of New York
· The City of Austin
· The City of Charlotte
· The City of Columbus
· The City of Dallas
· The City and County of Denver
· The City of Forth Worth
· The City of Indianapolis
· The City of Jacksonville
· The City of Philadelphia
· The City of Phoenix
· The City of Seattle
· Washington DC
Please vote NO on Item 3.3 to ensure that San Jose issues remain at the top of everyone’s minds each Mayoral election. Thank you for your consideration.
Speak at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 16th at San Jose City Hall.
Fill out a speaker card at the top of the stairs of the Council chambers and submit it in the box at the bottom of the stairs.
The item will most likely be heard in the late afternoon sometime after 2pm as item 3.3. Check our Twitter feed the day of to see when we expect the item to be heard.
This is a great opportunity for the business community to show up and ensure our voice is heard. Thank you in advance for taking the time to engage on this important issue.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Eddie Truong at EddieT@thesvo.com.
For media inquiries, please contact Mason Fong, Director of Public Policy Communications at MasonF@thesvo.com.
On behalf of The Silicon Valley Organization (The SVO), we are writing in opposition to a proposal to move the timing of mayoral elections away from the gubernatorial election cycle.
As the rising costs of land, labor, and construction materials continues to stall residential housing projects, the City of San José must explore options to reduce taxes and fees in order to improve the feasibility of housing projects.