Being selected by colleagues on the City Council to be the next vice mayor or mayor has absolutely nothing to do with votes garnered in an election.
It’s not even about extending honor. It’s about council members’ beliefs in the selected colleague's leadership integrity and ability to work as a member of the team to serve the best interests of the city.
David Gordon is one of three council members passed over in the last 16 years. He is a polarizing figure in Burbank politics. Several of his avid followers have tried to vote two of his buddies onto the council so he can be part of a majority. I got several annoying robocalls asking me to vote in that way. I don't think they succeeded.