CD5 Incumbent Mungo Signals She May Move Into Cal Hts In Redrawn CD5 To Seek Third Council Term
(Nov. 13, 2021, 8:45 p.m.) -- CD5 incumbent Councilmember Stacy Mungo, whose ELB residence (subject to a final Redistricting Commission Nov. 18 vote) will likely be redistricted out of CD5, has signaled that she may move into California Heights now slated to become part of the newly drawn CD5 to seek re-election to a third Coun cil term in 2022.
In Nov. 13, "Neighborly News" newsletter, Mungo stated in part:
...[W]herever the boundaries lines are drawn, I am committed to the community and City that I have grown up in and will continue to be a representative to anyone who reaches out to my office. I appreciate the offers of support. Politics can be messy and I understand how many are feeling. I don't take it personally. For those who know me well, you know my previous residence is still in Cal Heights which has been drawn into the current District E (the likely new 5th District). While I continue to enjoy serving and have grown from all you have taught me and requested of me, moving back would be a big decision. My family and I will need to decide what is best once we know the lines are final.
If Mungo does relocate into Cal Hts to seek a third term, she won't face previously declared 2022 challengers former CD5 Councilwoman (2006-2014) Gerris Schipske or Michelle Dobson, who were also redistricted out of newly drawn CD5...unless they either one or both of them relocate into a part of the newly drawn CD5 (see maps below.) Other candidates still within the newly drawn CD5 (ELB or Cal Hts) may also surface.
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Under a 2018 City Charter amendment (ostensibly to minimize or prevent political influence in drawing district lines), the Commission is legally required to respect communities of interest and geographically contiguous areas. Some have questioned whether stretching CD 5 to connect physically separated areas west of the Airport violates that principle. The sole legal remedy in the City Charter amendment to challenge the ultimately adopted map is a court challenge (petition for writ of mandate.)
The Commission is legally prohibited from considering the residences of any elected official or other individual in drawing district lines
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