ENCINITAS: Bond to seek re-election for a fifth term
Field of council candidates grows to 10
nctimes.com: ENCINITAS: Bond to seek re-election for a fifth term
James Bond-69 year old incumbent previously stated he would not seek reelection decides to run again. No doubt inspired by 72 year old shoo in presidential candidate John McCain. Bond is guaranteed reelection because people think it's fun to "vote for 007", the fictional action hero.
Maggie Houlihan-Controversial incumbent. Hated by a vocal minority but beloved by thousands of local baby boomer aged woman across town. Has a solid chance of reelection.
Jerome Stocks-Incumbent. Stocks does well in elections especially when running as "Stocks and Bonds". New Encinitas seems to like him fair enough, Leucadia has turned against him this year as Stocks is on the board of directors of the much despised NCTD and their hostile attitude towards coastal Encinitas. Decent chance of reelection but not a sure thing. Look for ENC power brokers to back Stocks and try to take down Houlihan.
Betsy Aceti-Carpetbagger. Betsy and her husband Steve Aceti moved to Leucadia from Carlsbad last year. Steve Aceti is famous for lobbying for new taxes. No chance of election in 2008 but she may just be laying groundwork for a more serious run in 2010.
Joe Sheffo-Local boy and the first Gen X'er who is a serious contender for city leadership. Would do a good job on the council but may have a hard time convincing the baby boomer voting base of that, however he does have experience with how government bureaucracies work.
Rachelle Collier-Likable coastal local gal who has a chance but will have to get her face known to New Encinitas. Would do a good job on the council.
Bob Nanninga-Well known outspoken and fiery city player. But this is the rebooted more mature and focused Bob 2.0. He has run before but has a good chance this year. The North County Times editorial staff was fond of backing Dan Dalager due to Dalager's presence as a small business owner but Bob has that licked ten fold as owner of the popular E St coffee shop where Bob will engage any visitor on any topic.
Doug Long-Plumber. Known as the "other Dan Dalager". Always around but never really speaks. He is the lurker in the chat room. Long got a decent amount of votes last election but it's a crowded field this year and he will get lost in the shuffle. No chance.
Tony Brandenburg-Already has some controversy surrounding him. He refers to himself as Judge Brandenburg but a recent email chain in circulation questions if he really is a judge. Decent chance because people like to vote sheriffs and judges into office because it makes them feel safe (example: Christy Guerin).
Harriet Seldon-Um, I think she is a dentist?
You can find links to some of the candidates websites on the left side of this blog. If you have a link that I haven't posted please email it to me.
Under state election laws, candidates must file papers by August 8 to run in the Nov. 2 election. If an incumbent declines to run again, the filing deadline is extended to Aug. 13.
Candidates also recently filed campaign disclosure statements for the period ending June 30. The next deadline to file campaign contribution statements is Oct. 6, with another contribution statement to follow on Oct. 23. Campaign contributions of $100 or more are a matter of public record.