Politics from the coastal hamlet of Pacifica should never be dull which City Council Election isn't any exception. With nine candidates seeking three open positions for the City Council, the election this season is proving to become one with the more volatile ones in recent memory – as well as Pacifica that's saying something.
Two incumbents would like to return to office including three-term incumbent Jim Vreeland and two-term incumbent Sue Digre. Two-term incumbent Julie Lancelle opted beyond seeking another term in office. Vreeland has far outpaced his opponents in every single election they have run in Pacifica then there is little reason to trust that time are going to be any different. Vreeland has garnered the endorsements on the county labor council and also the Sierra Club – two key endorsements regarding aid and big voting blocks in Pacifica.
For her part, Digre has improved her vote totals in one election to an alternative and her support remains largely status quo. She has earned the endorsements in the Sierra Club plus 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 plus the Sierra Club. Leon alone commands the 3 major endorsements and are going to be a formidable candidate for that reason.
But local political gadfly and columnist Barbara Arietta in addition has garnered significant support such as local labor council, the Democratic Party plus the San Mateo County Association of Realtors. Arietta has successfully captured a mixture on the pro-business/development interests and much more progressive endorsements and is particularly check here the only candidate to take action. Arietta's strength rests with bridging that sometimes deep divide in Pacifica and a few name identification in her own community being the president from 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 and Vellone owns a nearby salon. Both are stuck just using the local chamber of commerce – as Vellone is or was the president in the chamber board and Stone will be the incoming president from the same board. Both are running using a platform which is perceived being more supportive of development and looking to unseat incumbents often known as tilting toward a much more environmentally-oriented development perspective.
Another city planning commissioner Tom Clifford, also an area business owner, is vying for any seat. Clifford split a four-way endorsement on the Sierra Club for three seats. Finally rounding out your list includes local attorney Heather Tanner and self-described network engineer/businessman Karl F. Davidson. Neither Tanner nor Davidson have garnered much within the way of endorsed support and it's 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 aid Vreeland, Leon and Stone.
The race likely is dependant on incumbents Vreeland and Digre with Leon, Arietta and Stone inside running. There could be a change for the council in 2010 but with a lot of candidates it's unlikely. Nonetheless, one newcomer will be about the council it doesn't matter what and it seems like the house is betting on Leon.
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