Measure would ban elected officials from central committees 

Mayor Gavin Newsom was given a seat on the Democratic County Central Committee Wednesday night despite his ballot initiative that would remove the ability for local elected officials to serve on that board.

According to San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Newsom has submitted a ballot initiative that would remove any person holding a local elected office from the central committee. He said if Newsom does nothing further to that resolution, it will go before voters in November.

Supervisor David Campos, who also serves on the central committee, pointed out the irony.

“This mayor has gone on record that he does not want local elected officials to serve on ths body,” he said before the central committee Wednesday evening.

The 30-member central committee debated whether to allow Newsom a seat on the governing board for nearly an hour before deciding he could, in fact, sit on the board though the party nomination he received for lieutenant governor does not have an incumbent in office.

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