I know it feels like we just had an election less than four months ago (it was actually 108 days ago) but Angelenos have to head back to the polling booth March 3rd to cast our votes for a number of important public offices, including Mayor.
Surprised? Then you’ll be even more shocked to find out that not one, not two, but seven different challengers will be up against Mayor V on the ticket.
Its highly unrealistic that any one of these candidates will come close to beating Antonio, but if our incumbent mayor doesn’t receive at least 50% of all votes, we head into a runoff election… a result that might actually deflate Antonio’s ego a bit, and have him actually pay attention to his constituency a little more.
For this to happen, all Angelenos need to do is head to the polls March 3rd and vote for anyone BUT Antonio.
Last Sunday, six of the Villaraigosa’s seven challengers attended a forum held by the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils. All criticized the current Mayor (who, of course, declined an invite), along with each other. The Daily News reports that the room became unsettled after Carlos Alvarez said he supported “making undocumented workers legal,” and refused to answer more questions after fellow candidate Phil Jennerjahn said he wouldn’t vote for Alvarez even if there wasn’t another choice.
When the candidates were asked if they would consider supporting another candidate if that person had a better chance at defeating Villaraigosa, Moore quipped: “If I get hit by a bus, vote for Hernandez.”
Moore then turned to Hernandez and deadpanned: “I don’t want any of your supporters renting a bus.”
Possibly the most surprising revelation from the forum was the sight of David “Zuma Dogg” Saltsburg in a suit, without his trademark sunglasses and black cap (shown at right).
It should be noted that while the Los Angeles blogosphere has been largely negligent in covering the Mayoral “race,” Joseph Mailander at Street Hassle has been covering the candidates quite regularly, including interviews with many of the candidates, including 22 year old Carlos Alvarez.
Candidates websites (snagged from Street Hassle):
- Carlos Alvarez
- Bruce Darian
- James Harris
- David Hernandez
- Phil Jennerjahn
- Walter Moore
- David “Zuma Dogg” Saltsberg
- Craig X. Rubin
- Gordon Turner
- Antonio Villaraigosa
So, go ahead, pick one, any one, and vote on March 3rd.