The crazies have gamed the District 2 race by using the shotgun approach - putting enough lead in the air to ensure they hit their target. Apodaca, Yanez, Romero and the other two lesser candidates are all running under the Four Names Allala and Norma Chavez banner. The goal - Joyce Wilson's head on a pike.
Now, all of these candidates don't know that they are being played by Four Names and friends. My source says they've got inroads to each of these campaigns and there's a common theme - sack the baseball and bond issues and fire Joyce Wilson. Even if you don't like Wilson - there's some things you need to know.
How will they pull this off? With Byrd leaving council, Ortega's seat surely going to a Norma candidate and Robinson having no competition, the power swings to Holguin on council. In the minority will be Lilly, Niland and Noe. They will have a miserable couple of years on council - if not driven out by the new power block that will surely have them recalled if not sanctioned by a vote. If you're Lilly, Niland and Noe - you have to be praying for Robinson to get an opponent and for Jim Tolbert to win. Even if you hate Tolbert's thoughts on land use (they aren't that bad and he's be a voting minority on that issue like Byrd was - otherwise he's a pro-business guy like Noe), you have to root for him so that the dark side doesn't get the majority on council.
Ortega as mayor will be no help. I like Steve on a personal level, but he's very hands off when it come to the "will of the people" or the "will of council." Do not expect to ever see a veto from him. The new voting block could seek to make changes to the charter stripping the mayor of veto power given that they currently know they are just moments away from exacting revenge for years of being wrong/in the minority.
Wilson will be fired if Tolbert loses, which will be a bigger loss of the city than her - by a long shot. They'll have to pay out her contract that is up in 2014 (when she plans to retire) in cash allowing her to get paid essentially to do nothing for an entire year. And she gets all the benefits etc. that go along with it. Holguin's and Robinson's hatred of women will cost the city more than $1 million before it's over.
Here's the real kicker - those in the minority block have been putting a lot of thought into what they'd likely do when they get the power and oust Wilson. Firing all of the deputy city managers and replacing them with (and don't laugh) Norma Chavez, Four Names Allala and two other players to be named later, but at least one is slotted to be indicted for county corruption. The big name they have said repeatedly for city manager - Larry Medina. And his name didn't come up as the next manager when he was collecting weekly Conquistador awards before he got indicted - oh no sirree. His name has been kicked around by two people on council for the job in the last month. Word is also that if not Medina, Emma Acosta would put her name in the hat for city manager.
The City of El Paso's war on corruption will end and reverse direction if anyone in District 2 but Jim Tolbert wins. All of the candidates who have filed a treasurers report at this point are in the pocket of Four Names and friends. This information comes to from a recently disgruntled follower of Four Names. The emails, the texts etc are astounding. There is a plan to wreck El Paso's progress and it centers on District 2.