With all due respect, the Republican party in San Leandro is in dire straits when Lou Filipovich is your most vocal supporter but there is another and he is not a Republican In Name Only.
When Filipovich, who has unsuccessfully run for multiple offices in the area over the years, addressed the city council Monday night he stated it was stocked completely with Democrats. It's not and Councilman Bill Stephens, who technically is listed as an independent, vigorously shook his head in disagreement. Stephens and "his conservative values" as one local politico constantly uses to describe him usually lies under the radar until he says things that seem to drop out of the political notebook of the late Lee Atwater.
During Monday night's sometimes brutal discussion of Ranked Choice Voting, Stephens said he was unconvinced of the often stated argument the voting system allows for higher voter participation and, instead, wondered why we want to arm dumb voters with ballots.
"This may be considered blasphemy, but I don't like a lot of people to vote. I want informed voters to vote. I don't understand why we're trying to get numbers as opposed to intelligence. That goes against the common rule...I study my ballot and study my candidates and it shocks me sometimes to hear people talk about issues they know very little about but we want them to vote."Stephens went on to voice disapproval for RCV for fear it may fail to give every voter a voice, apparently, an informed voice. When asked by Councilman Michael Gregory to clarify his comments, Stephens said his opinion is based more on informed voters making decisions than unintelligent ones.
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