Is it time for ward-specific City Council elections in Santa Ana?

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Did you know that Santa Ana City Council elections are conducted on a citywide basis, but you have to live in the ward that you are running for?  That’s odd, isn’t it?

In most cities, local elections are conducted on a ward-specific basis.  That means you vote for YOUR council member – not those who represent other wards.  That makes sense, doesn’t it?

What this means is that Council Members are more accountable to those who live in their ward – and it also means anyone can run for the Council, walk their Ward and have a shot at winning.  Right now you have to be wealthy or backed by a lot of special interests to be able to prevail in local Santa Ana elections.

Here is a list of cities that elect their Council members by districts/wards:

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