Politics inside the coastal hamlet of Pacifica are not dull and also this City Council Election isn't a exception. With nine candidates seeking three open positions for the City Council, the election this season is proving being one in the more volatile ones in recent memory – as well as Pacifica that's saying something.
Two incumbents are searhing for to return to office including three-term incumbent Jim Vreeland and two-term incumbent Sue Digre. Two-term incumbent Julie Lancelle opted away from seeking a 3rd term in office. Vreeland has far outpaced his opponents in every single election he's run in Pacifica as there are little reason to consider that time are going to be any different. Vreeland has garnered the endorsements from the county labor council along with the Sierra Club – two key endorsements when it comes to aid and big voting blocks in Pacifica.
For her part, Digre has improved her vote totals from a single election completely to another and her support remains largely status quo. She has earned the endorsements with the Sierra Club along with the county Democratic Party.
Coming on strong is city planning Commissioner William “Leo” Leon, a retired postmaster, who's got successfully garnered several big endorsements such as the local labor council, the Democratic Party as well as the Sierra Club. Leon alone commands the 3 major endorsements and is going to be a formidable candidate for that reason.
But local political gadfly and columnist Barbara Arietta also has garnered significant support such as the local labor council, the Democratic Party and also the San Mateo County Association of Realtors. Arietta has successfully captured a mixture with the pro-business/development interests plus much more progressive endorsements which is the only candidate to accomplish this. Arietta's strength rests with bridging that sometimes deep divide in Pacifica and many name identification in the community being previously the president on the local Democratic Club and also a columnist with the local newspaper.
Arietta shares the realtor endorsement with political newcomers Len Stone and Sue Vellone. Both Stone and Vellone have roots in Pacifica and own small companies. Stone owns the local insurance agency get more info and Vellone owns the local salon. Both are stuck just using the local chamber of commerce – as Vellone is or was the president in the chamber board and Stone could be the incoming president with the same board. Both are running over a platform that's perceived to become more supportive of development and looking to unseat incumbents often known as tilting toward an even more environmentally-oriented development perspective.
Another city planning commissioner Tom Clifford, also the local business owner, is vying to get a seat. Clifford split a four-way endorsement in the Sierra Club for three seats. Finally rounding out of the list includes local attorney Heather Tanner and self-described network engineer/businessman Karl F. Davidson. Neither Tanner nor Davidson have garnered much inside way of endorsed support and it's also difficult to discern what you may be doing for campaigning. Interestingly, the San Mateo County Times Newspaper recently releases its endorsements for Pacifica encouraging voters to back up Vreeland, Leon and Stone.
The race likely relies on incumbents Vreeland and Digre with Leon, Arietta and Stone inside running. There could be a change about the council this season but with a great number of candidates it's unlikely. Nonetheless, one newcomer will be for the council it doesn't matter what and it appears like the house is betting on Leon.
Contact Bruce Balshone at email@example.comVisit Bruce Balshone's Examiner PageVisit Bruce Balshone's Twitter PageVisit Bruce's Peninsula Examiner Facebook Page