Our county councilmen must live in the district from which they are nominated.
Yet they can receive a majority of the votes in that district and still lose. The person who wins must receive a majority of votes in the whole county.
With district voting (such as occurred to elect our current Charter Review Commission), six of the seven current county councilmen would not only have to be nominated from their geographic area but would also be the winner in that district. There is nothing irrational or unfair about such an arrangement. It has been characteristic of successful governments for hundreds of years. It is also increasingly the choice of other cities and counties including, most recently, Seattle.
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