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Ethnicity Not Tied to Elective Office

August 05, 1990

Regarding the proposal to have Santa Monica City Council members elected by district rather than at large (Times, July 26): One's ethnic background should not be a compelling consideration in choosing a member of the City Council or any elective office.

As a former high school civics teacher, I find the idea inimical to intrinsic principles that must govern all our elections. Candidates must be chosen based on their qualifications, irrespective of race, creed or color.

I don't think there are any exclusive ethnic issues to be dealt with by the council, only citizen issues.

MARTIN COYNE

Santa Monica

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