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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Are there too many people running for office?

Now that there are seven people running for District 2 Commission seat. Now what? There may even be one more, making it eight.

Is this good for Teresa Sarnoff who many feel is the front runner already? Will the others all split the vote and allow her name recognition carry her to the finish? I am sure she has all that money behind her from the local developers and builders, but maybe they want a change and some of the developers will put their money behind others.

I see a few good people in the running, I also see a couple who should drop out, now, but of course they feel they are right for the job, who knows, maybe they are.

The subject of debates comes up often, some don't see Teresa debating. Thinking that she doesn't need to. I would agree if this was a city-wide vote, but it's District 2, which consists of very well-informed people and her absence may be detrimental to her, but then again, if the numbers from the last commission race are any indication, most people don't bother to vote anyway. So it may all just be a toss up.

As you know, these are the people running: This brings the total to seven who are running for the office being vacated by Commissioner Marc Sarnoff who is out due to term limits. Others running are Grace Solares, Mike SimpsonRosa Maria Polamino, Teresa Sarnoff, Lorry Woods Ken Russell and Javier Gonzalez.

I'm thinking of posing some questions for all the candidates and posting their answers. I know they all have bios and have plans for office, but that doesn't really give us a reason to vote for one over the other.

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Blogger Emilio said...

Do you need >50% to win? Or it is just the biggest vote getter?

February 26, 2015 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The more the merrier. Our own local little political circus.

February 26, 2015 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"but of course they feel they are right for the job, who knows, maybe they are."

Politicians apply for public office jobs for many reasons, being "right for the job", or to be a "humble servant who truly cares" are CERTAINLY not among them, or at lest very, very far down their real motivational list.

February 26, 2015 10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully there are going to more voters than candidates

February 26, 2015 5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

50% plus one vote is needed to win without a runoff. Teresa Sarnoff seems so passive and timid. A shame she missed every meeting the last 10 years. Last 20 years?

February 26, 2015 6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, Teresa has been working on putting up a combative and aggressive mannerism as Marc has over the past year or so.

February 26, 2015 7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are 3 reasons why people avoid running for office:

1) Time: Kiss your social life good bye
2) Money: Your business life is also put on hold
3) Privacy: You are now under a microscope of attention.

To overcome these concerns a candidate either: 1) Really cares about their community; or 2) Really cares about setting themselves up to make a lot of money by abusing the public office.

You can tell the difference only after listening to the candidate's presentation and understanding why the person's politics.

February 28, 2015 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think , Lorri, Teresa Sarnoff and Ken Russell need to spend more time learning the City before bothering the voters with their ambitions.

February 28, 2015 9:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last thing the Grove needs is Sarnoff's puppet. No thank you! People over developers!

March 03, 2015 7:51 AM  

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