As expected the field of candidates for the District 2 race is now the size of a small kindergarten class.
Prior to yesterday I think Tolbert was going to walk away without a run-off election because there weren't really any formidable opposition nor anyone that has any field experience.
In fact, had one particular candidate not filed, it would probably still be the same scenario although having a lot of candidates in the race inherently makes it more difficult to win without a run-off, though not impossible.
Cemelli De Aztlán joins Jim Tolbert as the real credible candidates in the race. She's raza, younger, and more liberal than Tolbert.
The other candidates are basically one-issue candidates that don't really have a base, campaign money, or a grassroots infrastructure to be real competitive.
Ultimately this comes down to Tolbert Vs. De Aztlán.
If Cemelli can raise money, and I think the developers might look at her as a viable alternative to Tolbert, then this could get real interesting. Right now, Tolbert is going to have the edge on everything - money, organization, name ID, time, etc.
The good thing with Tolbert V. De Aztlán is that it will guarantee a good debate. I wanted to see a rigorous debate about policy and it looks like that will happen at least with those two candidates. The others will likely speak in very broad terms about issues, but at least those two have enough knowledge of policy that you can expect a good debate, which is one of the things I was looking forward to happening.
D2 is in a better place with a rigorous debate about issues now.
Let the games begin..
(PS - I'll start on candidate profiles and interviews soon so that you can hear a little bit from all of them about their policy positions.)