San Francisco to boot election director after 20-year career so city can 'take action' on 'racial equity plan'

The San Francisco Elections Commission has voted not to renew its election director’s contract despite his successful 20-year record so that the city could “take action” on its “racial equity plan.”

In a 4-2 vote by the Commission last week, city officials decided not to renew a fifth five-year contract for John Arntz — who is White — despite resounding approval of his tenure as election director – a move that prompted swift condemnation.

“We are gravely concerned that the Elections Commission is actively seeking to remove John Arntz from his employment as the Director of Elections,” Division Manager Mayank Patel said in an email to the department, which included a letter signed by 11 other division managers detailing why they supported Arntz’s term renewal.

The Department of Elections is seen as early voting continues for “Consolidated General Election” in City Hall of San Francisco, on Oct. 28, 2022. (Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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“Under the leadership of Director Arntz, our Department successfully conducted over thirty public elections and rebuilt the public’s confidence in the city’s elections processes from the ground up,” he added. ” All of us have worked

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