Allan Mansoor is termed out and running for the State Assembly, so his seat is open.
Wendy Leece is up for reelection.
Eric Bever, Katrina Foley and Gary Monahan each have two more years on their seats so they don't have to run.
So, at this very early date, what can we expect in November 2010?
Wendy Leece-- should be mayor and can use that high-profile position to her advantage, assuming she chooses to run, and we are assuming that. As an incumbent, Wendy has a very good chance of winning back her seat if she doesn't get her head turned by libs such that she starts thinking that they're now her friends. They're not, and they won't vote for her no matter how much they smile to her face right now because she's on the Council. If she curries favor with the libs, the conservatives and the improvers will abandon her. Every word, every gesture is watched. If she comes across as squishy, she'll lose.
Jim Righeimer-- is just about certain to run, and this should keep other conservatives out of the race on a handshake basis.
Righeimer is a big money raiser from GOP insiders who mostly have their eyes on Sacramento and Washington, but he seems to have a problem with running a local campaign. He should have won the last time he ran in Costa Mesa but didn't. We have our thoughts on why he didn't win, but for now we'll keep them to ourselves (at least publicly) other than to say a candidate in Costa Mesa needs to have a steel hand in a velvet glove, not the other way around.
Others--the usual cast of characters will suddenly show up and put their names in the hat and will tell us how they're going to improve, ah, what's the name of this city? Right. And, they'll gush about how much they love, er, whatever this place is called, and how they just couldn't wait to run to save us from________and improve________and fix_______, and, golly, this is sure a city with a heart, and we need___________and I know how to________ah, because_______. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. And, after the election they'll disappear again. Thankfully.
We're expecting Return to Reason, that group of libs, whether they call themselves that or something else, to run some libs, and we think they may run one guy who used to work for the city. Improvers can hardly wait to campaign against this guy if he pops up.
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