Did you see what I did there? I made sure to make the title of your representative in the house gender neutral. Judging by how revved up you guys are in the comments section lately, I figured I'd keep you from being "triggered."
Some folks say it's Judge Veronica Escobar's seat and that's it. Others tell me Rep. Ceaser Blanco is going to dash in and steal the glory... and the crown. Others say a moderate business person will jump in and run. What do you guys think? Don't tell me what you know, because that'd be a lie - you don't know nothing at this point (my nod to southern vernacular).
I do hear that the former mayor John Cook wants to be county judge... Not sure that's going to go over well. Then again, you guys elected him twice, so anything is possible.
As for Rep. Cortney Niland returning... Not sure what the deal was. All I know is that the rumor is that she will walk away from it all right after this election. The conspiracy theory is that mayoral candidate David Saucedo doesn't mind taking a dive to end up in Niland's seat after she quits. I can't remember, where he lives, though. Maybe that's just a bad rumor.
I think the one issue y'all aren't keyed in on is just how big this arena thing is going to get. I hear there are out-of-towners who like history and hate the idea that Durangocito is getting the shovel of progressive death. People chained to bulldozers and other objects are in your future. Not to mention city council meetings are going to turn into absolute shit shows for a while. The crazies love a good a cause.
Of course, this council and the next have a way out. If they'd simply ask for someone to prove up how the arena pays for itself operations wise, they'd get the answer that sets them free. That assumes they get an honest answer. There simply aren't enough events coming through town in all of the current venues combined to pay the operations bill on the proposed arena. The only entity making money on that deal will be the outsider contractor hired by the city to operate the empty space... and that's already setup... If you only knew how ugly this was, you'd be rioting in the streets. It's like the city home inspector knocking on your door and declaring that you need a new roof and he just happens to own the only roofing company in town. You'd probably question his declaration that you need a new roof given that second piece of information, right? Then why wouldn't you do that here?