Mayor Leeser announces he's had enough of this crap and then Dee Margo announces he'd like to take his turn. Good job. No need to wait. No need to let possible opponents get a head of steam. Suck the money out of the race and coast to victory.
It's going to be a little harder than coasting to victory, but I will say that Margo has a pretty good advantage here.
First of all, it's the May election where we will likely see another Democrat in the White House in January. That means local Republican voters will be seeing red and showing up to vote - angry people vote, as you know. Local Republicans have voted for Margo before and are comfortable with him. He gets to skip the step of introducing himself to voters, which is a huge advantage in an off year municipal election most people pay no attention to.
Whipping local Democrats against Margo will be tough since they will likely be content after a Hillary win.
Margo also enjoys the advantage of being from the part of town where voter turnout is highest. The west side is his side. He's likely to do very well with his neighbors.
If I know anything about Margo, I know that he's good at locking us support from community "leaders." He's got plenty of time to get commitments from those who control voting blocs. And what's even better for Margo is that he won't have another candidate vying for those endorsements at the same time. He could very well lock up every major group before Christmas.
Margo is also no stranger to a tough campaign. He's never coasted to any win and has fought down to the end in his losses. Battles in primaries and with Shapleigh have turned him into an hardened, experienced campaigner. Margo is going to look the part much more than anyone else in the race. As I tell candidates I meet with from around the country - "Do not be afraid of the guy who has never lost. Be afraid of the guy who isn't scared of losing." Once you've shaken off a loss you're much more confident as a candidate - you know what it feels like to get punched.
I do hear that Estella Casas will be running for mayor. That should make things interesting. Not sure of her platform. I'll hold off commenting until I know more about what she wants to do with the future of the city.