California’s open primary at work in Assembly District 21 | Letters to the Editor

In last Friday’s Daily Journal, CalMatters columnist Dan Walters asked, “Did California’s two major primary systems work? On Saturday, the Daily Journal reported on its front page, “Hale set for San Mateo County election runoff.”

The revelation that ‘Redwood City Mayor Giselle Hale is set to face San Mateo Deputy Mayor Diane Papan in November’ shows how Proposition 14, decisively passed by voters in 2010, is working for voters .

On Nov. 8, voters in San Mateo County will choose between two qualified local elected officials as opposed to Papan and Republican Mark Gilham who is “associated with the QAnon conspiracy theory,” as reported by Ben Christopher in the CalMatters political newsletter. released June 2.

Our Local Assembly contest is just one example of the benefits of the open primary for voters. Elsewhere in California, Representative David Valadao (Hanford), one of only 10 Republicans to vote to impeach President Trump on January 13, 2021, qualified for the general election unlike his South Carolina counterpart, Tom Rice, defeated June 14 in his Republican primary.

Rep. Chris Jacobs, a Republican from New York whose district is near Buffalo, announced his support for a ban on semi-automatic rifles shortly after the May 14 mass shooting in Buffalo that killed 10 people. After Republican leaders in his district attacked him for supporting the ban, he announced his retirement.

Primaries are closed in New York, meaning only registered party members can participate in a political party primary, similar to what existed in California before 2010.

Maria D. Ervin