San Francisco elections used to be a running joke and the city competed with Chicago for election fraud. So John Arntz, a veteran city bureaucrat, was appointed 20 years ago as Elections Director to clean up the mess and by all accounts has done so.
But last week the city’s Elections Commission voted that because he was a white male they were not renewing his contract. Instead, they are hiring a search firm to find a possible replacement who will be in line with the Commission’s “racial equity plan.”
Commission President Chris Jerdonek wrote to him: “Our decision wasn’t about your performance, but after twenty years we wanted to take action on the City’s racial equity plan and give people an opportunity to compete for a leadership position.”
“Some folks have forgotten the history of this department,” City Attorney David Chiu says. “Before Director Arntz we had five directors in as many years, ballot boxes floating in the bay and an intense lack of confidence in city elections. Many of us are mystified.”
Just two years ago, the Elections Commission wrote Arntz a commendation “for his incredible leadership .”
The demise of our great American cities is an ongoing tragedy made worse by an epidemic of woke politics and policies.