Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday at 5PM was the deadline for registering as a candidate for mayor in San Francisco's November 6 elections and thirteen challengers to the incumbent signed up and either paid $5,000 or offset the sum with citizens' signatures.
Cecilia Vega in the San Francisco Chronicle wrote a remarkably condescending article the next day that was headlined "Newsom lacks serious challengers, but lineup is full of characters" (click here) which basically called all of the contenders clowns.
Unless you are the beautiful Beth Spotswood (click here) or actually making money off the current administration, I can't think of a single reason to vote for Gavin Newsom for a second term. His disastrous first four years have been marked by a total sycophancy to the wealthy of San Francisco and an inability to accomplish much beyond photo-ops, and why anyone would think the situation will get any better is beyond me.
So no matter what your political leanings might be, there really are at least three other candidates you should be able to vote for that doesn't include the empty suit that is Gavin Newsom.
For instance, there is Ahimsa Porter Sumchai (above) who announced her candidacy at noon on City Hall's stairs in front of a small crowd.
Both Josh Wolf and h. (stands for Harold) Brown, seen here looking over the candidates' paperwork at Friday's Burrito Salon, are both smarter and braver than the current mayor...
...and though Brown is an alcoholic, at least he's honest about it, unlike Room 200's current occupant.
If you're on the rightward spectrum politically, there is Tony Hall, Harold Hoogasian and Wilma Pang for your voting pleasure, not to mention "nudist activist" George Davis (above).
Also filing at the last minute was an earnest young activist, Quintin Mecke who's articulate and looks good in front of a camera.
Four years of ballooning budgets, corrupt municipal departments sinking even further into muck (Department of Public Works and Rec & Park anyone?), a lazy and inept police department, declining public services, the privatization of every public resource imaginable, not to mention a constant barrage of lies makes voting against this administration not just a responsibility but a pleasure.
So, in the coming months, I'll be trying to interview all the other "characters" with their visions of San Francisco, and I encourage my online colleagues to do the same.