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Petaluma City Council takes step toward district elections amid lawsuit threat

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The Petaluma City Council on Monday agreed to move toward district-based elections, marking a shift in the city’s at-large election procedure that sits at the center of an ongoing legal threat.

The resolution, which was passed on a unanimous vote with council member D’Lynda Fischer absent, will move the city toward a district-based election format aimed at building better representation and diversity on council

“This is ultimately one of the more important decisions this council or any council can make, as to how we elect our officials,” said council member Dave King. “I’m ready to support the declaration of the intent to initiate procedures to consider transitioning from at-large elections to district-based elections.”

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