Here’s an update on who the Dems interviewed last night.
Frank LaPosta wants to run for Council, either in District 1 or for an at large seat, but word is he wasn’t warmly embraced by the committee, and in particular county Chair Tom Wade and former Deputy Mayor Jim Conroy. I say District 1 becuase it remains unclear what incumbent Dem Kevin McGrath
will do, though word is he wants to run. Actually, if LaPosta doesn't get endorsed for something, I can see him running a primary in District 1. Now that would be fun and you can bet there are those in the GOP who would help him out. He has, afterall, primaried
the party's picks in the past.
The fact he was not welcomed with open arms by Wade and Conroy comes as no surprise really. For right or wrong, he's done all he can to upset members of his own party for more than a decade including, when he was council president, paying for an attorney to investigate
Conroy's dealings with HUD. It remains unclear if he will get the nod, but with petitions hitting the street early this year – May 31 rather than the first Tuesday in June so as not to conflict with a Jewish holiday – both parties are having a tough time fielding candidates.
Also interviewed Monday, as expected, was Rodney Wiltshire, but it now appears he wants to run at large rather than for mayor. And Russell Ziemba
interviewed with the hope of taking on Republican incumbent Councilman Dean Bodnar in District 3. Ziemba ran two years ago on the WFP line.
Also, Debra Lockrow, a downtown business owner, interviewed in the heavily Dem-leaning District 4. Incumbent Bill Dunne is serving his eighth and last year before term limits force him out.
Back to the parties having a tough time finding candidates: The GOP, as far as I know, have nobody in Districts 1, 4, 5 or 6 and only two at large candidates – Billy Jean Greene and Tom Killips.
The Dems are scrambling to find at large candidates because word is incumbent John Brown
isn’t running again and its not clear what at large incumbents Clement Campana
or Michael LoPorto will do since one is eyeballing mayor and has his own voter fraud
problems and the other might not live
in the city stands charged with 42 felonies
Other Dem candidates
interested in taking on the GOP candidate for mayor, Carmella Mantello
, include Lynn Kopka, Nina Nichols and Legislators Ed Manny and Kathleen Ryan-Cassidy.
We’ll knowWednesday who the Dems pick for mayor and maybe even council when the Executive Committee meets again.
The GOP, meanwhile, will be interviewing council candidates next week.
If I missed anyone or am way off base feel free to leave a comment or drop me a note at email@example.com
Labels: bodnar, Brown, Conroy, Greene, killips, Kopka, LaPosta, Manny Ryan-Cassidy, mantello, McGrath, nichols, Wade, Ziemba