So Mayor Leeser announced that he's not going to run for reelection and you can expect a big crop of candidates to come out of the woodwork.
I'll go into some of the names that have been popping up but that is a post for another day.
When there is a municipal election El Paso produces several "types" of candidates. The community candidate, the business candidate(s), the religious conservative, and the crazies.
I'm expecting a lot of the crazies and community type candidates to run this time. I hate to be the dream crusher, but most community candidates, and all the crazies should stay home and not bother.
Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see a community Chicano/a type candidate run and win. But the problem is money and field.
You can win an election with a ton of money and no field, like how Niland beat Dagda.
But most community candidates don't have money to run. And it takes a lot to run a campaign because you need materials. As much as a lot of people erroneously believe, you can't Facebook your way to a win.
This is especially true of the crazies. How many times have you seen them run and never break more than a small percentage of the electorate? The answer is always.
Jaime O. Perez, has that guy every done anything significant in a campaign? He doesn't really even shape the debate in a meaningful way. Same thing for the Manny Hinojosas, Ben Mendozas, and Daniel Lopezes of the world. They aren't serious candidates but still run and ultimately accomplish nothing more than making a few fun blog posts. They almost never even offer concrete ideas. They usually just have a big word salad during their speeches and campaign by attending forums.
Since its an open seat, I think we are going to see more of these type of candidates that we have in the past.
And El Paso will not be the better for it. Although I will find it thoroughly entertaining.