As usual, I’ve written up my research notes for the coming election so you can all crib from my work. I’ve given my conclusions, and invite everyone to come to their own. Even if we disagree on everything, I’m still happy if this collection of links saved you a headache.

The City Council election comes down to two virtual slates and an outlier. One slate is the guys who did their homework, have plenty of public service experience, and know the details of policy: Larsson, Hendricks, Griffith. The other one has much less experience in public service, but wants to cut the city budget as fast as possible: Frazer, Hoffman, Merrick. The outlier is a community organizer who’s in law school right now: Magaña.

The budget-cutters are all friendly with Pat Meyering, an acrimonious councilmember who was elected two years ago and has been so unpleasant that our city attorney and city manager have both quit so they don’t have to deal with his antics. They have a lot of rhetoric and little evidence about the current council being bought off by special interests, and have a lot more to say about what they wouldn’t do than what they would.

You can watch the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum; it’s about two hours and gives a good sense of the character of the candidates.

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