Posted by Can't afford it, a resident of the Jackson Park neighborhood, on Apr 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm
I planned on running but after a lay off a little over a year ago I find myself financially strapped. The cost and time it would take would be taking time from me finding a new employer. With unemployment gone I am now bleeding my savings just to make ends meet. I would hope someone that feels this council is going in the wrong direction would step up and challenge for a seat. The current members are beneiftting from the poor economy.
Posted by Doug Pearson, a resident of the Blossom Valley neighborhood, on Apr 19, 2010 at 5:09 pm
It's also very difficult to unseat an incumbent--the main reason I think term limits are a good idea. When the incumbents are doing a good job (and I think all three are), it's even harder to unseat them.
Posted by Mountain View Mom, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Apr 19, 2010 at 5:57 pm
I know several people who are competent and would make excellent council members, but I think they are dissuaded from serving in public office because the social tenor these days is so cynical and critical. Otherwise fabulous leaders demure because they'd prefer to give to their communities in ways that don't draw direct fire from the more vocal segments of our little town. If everyone could be more constructive and less relentlessly negative, others might step forward. I suppose the same can be said for public office at all levels, for that matter.
Posted by Political Insider, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:03 am
At this point there are no serious challengers. Maybe some newcomers will try but they will have little chance without serious commission experience. The only weak incumbent is Jac Siegal who barely edged out Inks 4 years ago and was soundly beaten by the other two women. Last term hopefuls (Chris Clark and John McAlistar) do not want to challenge incumbents. I doubt Alicia Crank will go for the tri-fecta and lose 3 times in a row. My sources tell me Matt Pear is itching to get back into politics but doesn't want to be seen as another Kasperzak who can't move up.