As we finish our pre-Election Day posts, we look at the rest of the City Council races.
(Note: These are all predictions, not endorsements.)
First we’d note that Chuck Sigerson has no opponent in District 7. Congratulations Chuck.
Then we look at the (essentially) two-person races, where both candidates will advance, though the winner on Tuesday will have a major upper hand:
Pete Festerson (D) vs. Sharon Chvala (R)
Festerson easy. We wish Chvala the best of luck, but we just don’t see it happening.
Frank Brown (D) vs (mainly) Ben Gray (D).
Brown, though Gray could make a play.
Gary Gernandt (D) vs. Joseph Velasquez (D)
This race is interesting if only because the challenger, Peffer, has a little bit of name ID. Of course the name many may associate is from Sgt. Peffer’s (outstanding) restaurant (originally on Saddle Creek, and now in Millard). The rest of Peffer’s name ID comes from his time as former mayor P.J. Morgan’s “Executive Assistant” (er, Chief of Staff?). Of course, that was a few years ago now.
But Peffer put out a mailer recently, where he touts himself as the “TRUE REPUBLICAN candidate” for City Council.
That had to raise and eyebrow on Republican City Councilman Franklin Thompson. Especially considering that almost all of Peffer’s campaign contributions have come from (traditonally Democrat supporting) unions, and almost all of Peffer’s campaign money has been paid to the “Pierce Group“. Which would be Kris Pierce, former Executive Director of the Douglas County Democrats.
That’s not to say Peffer can’t have Republican values, and voting and all that. But that’s gotta make one think, right?
Are there some hot-button issues in this campaign between two Republicans? Has there been a major separation?
Oh sure, the Stothert forces have been bickering back and forth on the internets about Blumenthal’s mailer claims. Blumenthal went on the offense about taking fire or police money.
But if there is something this campaign boils down to, we haven’t seen it.
On the other hand Stothert lost a very close race for legislature. Built up name ID and a campaign organization from that. Has been on the Millard School board. And has spent a small truck load of cash on mailers and the like.
In a race like this, with no other significant separation, name ID is going to do it. And Stothert has built that up.
We pick her to pull it out on Tuesday.