An entire household of candidates in Pacifica

Politics from the coastal hamlet of Pacifica are not dull which City Council Election is not any exception. With nine candidates seeking three open positions for the City Council, the election in 2010 is proving to get one with the more volatile ones in recent memory – as well as for Pacifica that's saying something.


Two incumbents are searhing for to return to office including three-term incumbent Jim Vreeland and two-term incumbent Sue Digre. Two-term incumbent Julie Lancelle opted beyond seeking one third term in office. Vreeland has far outpaced his opponents in most election he's got run in Pacifica then there is little reason to think that time will probably be any different. Vreeland has garnered the endorsements with the county labor council as well as the Sierra Club – two key endorsements when it comes to aid and larger voting blocks in Pacifica.


For her part, Digre has improved her vote totals from a single election completely to another and her support remains largely status quo. She has earned the endorsements in the Sierra Club along with the county Democratic Party.


Coming on strong is city planning Commissioner William “Leo” Leon, a retired postmaster, that has successfully garnered several big endorsements for example the local labor council, the Democratic Party plus the Sierra Club. Leon alone commands the three major endorsements and are going to be a formidable candidate for that reason.


But local political gadfly and columnist Barbara Arietta has garnered significant support like the local labor council, the Democratic Party and also the San Mateo County Association of Realtors. Arietta has successfully captured a mixture on the pro-business/development interests plus much more progressive endorsements and it is the only candidate to accomplish this. Arietta's strength rests with bridging that sometimes deep divide in Pacifica and several name identification in their community being the president from the local Democratic Club plus a columnist to the local newspaper.


Arietta shares the realtor endorsement with political newcomers Len Stone and Sue Vellone. Both Stone and Vellone have roots in Pacifica and own smaller businesses. Stone owns a nearby insurance agency and Vellone owns an area salon. Both are associated with the local chamber of commerce – as Vellone is or was the president more info from the chamber board and Stone would be the incoming president from the same board. Both are running on the platform that may be perceived to get more supportive of development and looking to unseat incumbents often considered as tilting toward a environmentally-oriented development perspective.
Another city planning commissioner Tom Clifford, also an area business owner, is vying for just a seat. Clifford split a four-way endorsement from your Sierra Club for three seats. Finally rounding the list includes local attorney Heather Tanner and self-described network engineer/businessman Karl F. Davidson. Neither Tanner nor Davidson have garnered much inside way of endorsed support and it's difficult to discern what they have to may be doing for campaigning. Interestingly, the San Mateo County Times Newspaper recently releases its endorsements for Pacifica encouraging voters to guide Vreeland, Leon and Stone.


The race likely is dependant on incumbents Vreeland and Digre with Leon, Arietta and Stone inside running. There could be a change for the council this current year but with a great number of candidates it's unlikely. Nonetheless, one newcomer will be about the council regardless of and it seems like the house is betting on Leon.

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