Of all his former political posts, Antonio Villaraigosa is most widely known for serving eight years as mayor of Los Angeles, a powerful position that he’s counting on voters to remember as they scan next year’s ballot in the race for governor.
Except he can’t call himself the former mayor. His rival, former state Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin, can’t use her previous title, either.
The state election rules governing a candidate’s ballot description may have been designed to keep things fair and square, but they’ve instead given way to linguistic contortions that often confuse more than clarify.
It all comes down to...