A complete residence of candidates in Pacifica

Politics from the coastal hamlet of Pacifica should never be dull which City Council Election isn't any exception. With nine candidates seeking three open positions about the City Council, the election this coming year is proving for being one from the more volatile ones in recent memory – as well as for Pacifica that's saying something.


Two incumbents are trying to find to return to office including three-term incumbent Jim Vreeland and two-term incumbent Sue Digre. Two-term incumbent Julie Lancelle opted from seeking another term in office. Vreeland has far outpaced his opponents in each and every election they have run in Pacifica plus there is little reason to consider that time will likely be any different. Vreeland has garnered the endorsements with the county labor council as well as the Sierra Club – two key endorsements when it comes to aid and enormous voting blocks in Pacifica.


For her part, Digre has improved her vote totals from a single election to a new and her support remains largely status quo. She has earned the endorsements with the Sierra Club and also the county Democratic Party.


Coming on strong is city planning Commissioner William “Leo” Leon, a retired postmaster, that has successfully garnered several big endorsements such as local labor council, the Democratic Party along with the Sierra Club. Leon alone commands seventy one major endorsements and is going to be a formidable candidate for that reason.


But local political gadfly and columnist Barbara Arietta has garnered significant support like the local labor council, the Democratic Party and also the San Mateo County Association of Realtors. Arietta has successfully captured a mixture on the pro-business/development interests plus much more progressive endorsements and it is the only candidate to accomplish this. Arietta's strength rests with bridging that sometimes deep divide in Pacifica and several name identification in their community being previously the president in the local Democratic Club plus a columnist with the local newspaper.


Arietta shares the realtor endorsement with political newcomers Len Stone and Sue Vellone. Both Stone and Vellone have roots in Pacifica and own small enterprises. Stone owns a neighborhood insurance agency and Vellone owns a nearby salon. Both are bound to the local chamber of commerce – as Vellone is or was the president with the poker online bni chamber board and Stone may be the incoming president in the same board. Both are running over a platform which is perceived to become more supportive of development hoping to unseat incumbents often considered tilting toward a environmentally-oriented development perspective.
Another city planning commissioner Tom Clifford, also an area business owner, is vying for just a seat. Clifford split a four-way endorsement from your Sierra Club for three seats. Finally rounding out of the list includes local attorney Heather Tanner and self-described network engineer/businessman Karl F. Davidson. Neither Tanner nor Davidson have garnered much inside way of endorsed support which is difficult to discern what you may be doing for campaigning. Interestingly, the San Mateo County Times Newspaper recently releases its endorsements for Pacifica encouraging voters to aid Vreeland, Leon and Stone.


The race likely depends upon incumbents Vreeland and Digre with Leon, Arietta and Stone within the running. There could be a change for the council this season but with countless candidates it's unlikely. Nonetheless, one newcomer will be around the council whatever and it appears like the house is betting on Leon.

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