Politics within the coastal hamlet of Pacifica are not dull and this also City Council Election isn't a exception. With nine candidates seeking three open positions within the City Council, the election this current year is proving to become one from the more volatile ones in recent memory – as well as for Pacifica which is 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 beyond seeking another term in office. Vreeland has far outpaced his opponents in every single election she has run in Pacifica as there are little reason to trust that time will probably be any different. Vreeland has garnered the endorsements with the county labor council as well as the Sierra Club – two key endorsements with regards to aid and enormous 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 on the Sierra Club as well as the county Democratic Party.
Coming on strong is city planning Commissioner William “Leo” Leon, a retired postmaster, who's successfully garnered several big endorsements such as the local labor council, the Democratic Party along with the Sierra Club. Leon alone commands the 3 major endorsements and will likely be a formidable candidate for that reason.
But local political gadfly and columnist Barbara Arietta in addition has garnered significant support like the local labor council, the Democratic Party plus the San Mateo County Association of Realtors. Arietta has successfully captured a mixture with the pro-business/development interests and much more progressive endorsements and it is the only candidate to accomplish this. Arietta's strength rests with bridging that sometimes deep divide in Pacifica and many name identification in their community being check here the president on the local Democratic Club as well as a columnist for your 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 neighborhood salon. Both are linked with the local chamber of commerce – as Vellone is or was the president on the chamber board and Stone could be the incoming president from the same board. Both are running using a platform that may be perceived to get 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 a nearby business owner, is vying for the seat. Clifford split a four-way endorsement in the Sierra Club for three seats. Finally rounding your list includes local attorney Heather Tanner and self-described network engineer/businessman Karl F. Davidson. Neither Tanner nor Davidson have garnered much inside the way of endorsed support and it's difficult to discern whatever they 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 depends upon incumbents Vreeland and Digre with Leon, Arietta and Stone within the running. There could be a change for the council this season 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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