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No challengers in sight for council race

Original post made on Apr 19, 2010

Mountain View's city clerk reports that so far, no one is stepping up to challenge — or even to inquire about challenging — three City Council incumbents whose seats are up for grabs this November.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, April 19, 2010, 1:59 PM

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Posted by Seer
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 19, 2010 at 2:55 pm

The Mayor only received $500/mo? The council members less? No wonder the management of the city is so unprofessional. I guess you get what you pay for.

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Posted by Can't afford it
a resident of Jackson Park
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.

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Posted by Doug Pearson
a resident of Blossom Valley
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.

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Posted by Taxpayer
a resident of Waverly Park
on Apr 19, 2010 at 5:34 pm

The $500 is low but the health benefits must make up for it. May be we can double the $500 and take away the benefits. Will this encourage more involvement?

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Posted by Mountain View Mom
a resident of Old Mountain View
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.

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Posted by Seldon
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 19, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Here, here. I agree with you MV Mom, and also that given the thankless job that the position can be, the 3 incumbents up for reelection have done a good job for the City.

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Posted by Seamus
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 21, 2010 at 11:41 am

Well said, MV Mom! Spot on, too.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 21, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Seldon- what a hypocrite! You are one of the most cynical and critical posters here.

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Posted by Political Insider
a resident of Old Mountain View
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.

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