This morning's NCT.com story on the election results:
Dalager coasts to victory in Encinitas; Teresa Barth wins City Council seat
Both Doug Long and Thomas Brown say they are going to run again in 2008. I have heard speculation that Jim Bond may retire, leaving an open seat. Maggie Houilan will be up for re-election but since she received over 13,000 votes last time, way more than Dan even, she is a shoo in.
It's now all on Jerome Stocks.
Jerome doesn't possess the wide folksy appeal of Dan Dalager so he is going to have to step it up over the next two years. Jerome is going to play an important role in the council now. I believe he may now be the most important person in Encinitas.
With Christy "Bossypants" Guerin no longer around to bully the council things should loosen up a bit. Jerome can now be his own man. I want to see that defeated slouch disappear, I want to see him to sit up straight with confidence. I want to hear what he has to say about issues and not just grumble.
There are questions about Jerome. Is he really a fiscal conservative? Dan can get away with pretending he is while taxing and spending at whim; but unless Jerome starts a barber shop on Second Street or something I don't think he can get away with the same behavior.
Personally, I think Jerome can be an ally when it comes to improving the infrastructure on Leucadia without resorting to eminent domain. But will he make smart choices about projects or will he rubber stamp anything that comes along? Can he be objective when it comes to projects by Barratt American? Councilman, developer say donation is a mistake
There is an undercurrent of people who want to have a recall election and unseat Stocks. I feel that is a bad idea and will further poison the climate in this town.
Jerome needs to become a leader over the next two years because Long and Brown are nipping at his heels.
Stock photo of Stocks.