Californians Republicans lead in local politics
September 5, 2013
California Republicans hold about half the state’s mayor and council seats, while at the same time largely irrelevant in state politics. [LATimes]
Over the past two decades, California’s Democratic party has cemented a state level stronghold with 44 percent of Californians registered as Democrats and 29 percent registered Republicans. At the same time, 47 percent of mayors and council members are registered Republican while 45 percent are registered Democrats.
The disparity could be related to what issues voters and party leaders find important at the state and local levels. Most municipal elections in California are nonpartisan affairs where the primary issues are typically municipal finances and public safety. At a state level, GOP donors and leaders tend to embrace politicians with similar views on social issues.