Rich Wright - the guy behind El Chuqueno and a lot more things - is running for the District 8 seat. This is good news. Hell, it's great news.
Because Rich is an honest, no bullshit kind of guy who pulls it off without being a complete asshole. When someone tells you a person is a "no bullshit" type of person, you probably imagine some kind of hardshell personality with sharp tongue and general dislike of other humans. Not so with Rich. He's truly a nice guy. You just can't feed him bullshit. He won't eat it. But he also won't hate you for trying, which is nice for bloggers like me.
Rich isn't a guy looking for the approval of any crowd. You're not going to own Rich. He's not the type of guy to pitch his values aside for an invite to eat at the cool kid's table at lunch. He's respected by most all of the different factions out there. However, none of them claim to be his owner. He's an independent's independent. I believe very few people when they claim that, but I believe he is.
I've disagreed on politics and policy with Rich. Probably more often than not. However, Rich never came off as a guy not willing to listen to the other side and at least give it a moment or two of contemplation. I've always felt that if you had a good point, Rich is the type of guy to accept it. You can tell from his blog that he's got an objective eye until the evidence is overwhelmingly pointing to a certain outcome. This attitude benefits constituents. Especially at the local level where there are so many issues that have an acute effect on certain parts of the city.
Throw in the fact he's been a business owner in El Paso with rest of what I've said. I think that perspective is always needed on council. There's a certain amount of logic you gain from having that experience and it transfers well to local government.
I could go on and on, but you get it. Rich is a good guy. Rich is a very smart guy. Rich won't try to ruin your life if you disagree with him. Vote for Rich if you like access to your local government.
Now we get to see what kind of grit Rich has... things only get tougher when I say nice things about a candidate.