So, it’s only January 2011 and already, we’re seeing some folks filing papers to run for office. Good thing, ’cause some of us just can’t stand a breather.[See full list of candidates who have filed so far at the County Registrar of Voters for 2012]
Of course, tongues were wagging last week when Republican San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio filed papers to run for termed-out Republican Mayor Jerry Sanders in 2012.
The SDUT announcement included a quote from Republican political consultant John Dadian, who said the early filing technically means little. But he also concluded that the “media hound” will continue building on his name ID.
An “independent poll” referenced yesterday in Tom Blair’s UT column that DeMaio and Democratic Congressman Bob Filner snag 28 percent and 20 percent of the vote respectively in a large field of potential candidates that includes a number of Republicans: Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, City Councilman Kevin Faulconer, and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.
Who else filed last week? None other than this Rostrafarian’s former boss, Republican County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, first reported here. Perhaps this move will quiet speculations dogging Slater-Price whether she will seek another term.
By chance, I ran into the five-time San Diego County Supervisor at the Little Italy Starbucks last week looking refreshed and calm after handing over the chair gavel to recently re-elected Supervisor Bill Horn.
Slater-Price’s colleagues, Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Greg Cox, have also filed for re-election in 2012. There have yet to be any strong contenders in those races, though some speculate recently termed-out Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny could run against Cox.
We’ve all known for some time about Congressman Brian Bilbray’s Chief of Staff Steve Danon’s plans to run for Slater-Price’s seat. A Republican dog-fight between the seasoned political veteran and Supervisor Ron Roberts’ former chief over the seat seems inevitable, but that doesn’t mean it’ll only be a party of two.
Lots of political potential lives in Slater-Price’s Third District: former Assemblyman George Plescia, former San Diego City Councilman Brian Maienschein, Encinitas Deputy Mayor Jerome Stocks and former Escondido City Mayor Lori Holt-Pfeiler … just to name a few.
Buckle up, folks. It’s gonna be a fun ride.
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