Dave Druker | 10th Street
Only three candidates filed papers for the three upcoming vacancies on the Del Mar City Council: Sherryl Parks, Don Mosier and Al Corti. As a result there will be no contest for the City Council seats leaving the Village Specific Plan and the Medical Marijuana Dispensary initiative as the big items in our local election on November 6th. Carl Hilliard and Marc Filanc, the two other incumbents besides Mosier, did not submit papers for reelection.
The election for the Mayor of San Diego was thrown a curve ball as former Del Mar Mayor and long-time Republican candidate consultant, Tom Shepard has signed on to consult with the Democrat, Bob Filner. While this race, as other local elections are non-partisan, it has turned into a battle between Republican, Carl de Maio and Democrat, Bob Filner. The registration figures within the City of San Diego provide a distinct advantage to Democrats. Tom will be working to get the vote out among Democrats and this may have an influence on the 3rd Supervisorial District, which is partly in the City of San Diego.
Steven Danon, a Republican is running against Dave Roberts, a Democrat in the 3rd Supervisorial District. Steve recently dropped Tom Shepard as his main consultant.
Locally, Tom has signed on with some of the local restaurant owners to assist with the campaign to pass the Village Specific Plan. Initially, these same restaurateurs wanted to engage Tom to assist with a campaign against the Plan. When the Council removed the roundabout at 15th St., the restaurateurs changed their position to support the Plan. Did the Council see that by dropping the roundabout at 15th St, the funding of the campaign in support would be assured?