After causing a bit of a buzz last week when she pulled papers to “consider” running against La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid, Councilmember Ruth Sterling got what many knew she would from the beginning: Cold feet.
Sterling did not file her candidacy paperwork by Friday’s 5 p.m. deadline, leaving only realtor Laura Lothian in the race against Madrid. Lothian has even less of a chance than Sterling ever did to unseat the longtime incumbent.
What’s interesting is that Sterling and Lothian are said to have had a lengthy meeting earlier this week to determine if one of them would leave the race. If true, the fact that an 18-year incumbent councilwoman would step aside for a short-term La Mesa resident that no one knows outside the La Mesa Village speaks loads about someone’s cluelessness.
Madrid will easily win a sixth term in November.