In One Election's Wake, Another Is Born

CITY HALL -- Bleary eyed from a late night, much of La Mesa's political leadership gathered Wednesday evening to hear Jim Wieboldt, a part of Mayor Art Madrid's "kitchen cabinet,'' announce his candidacy for the 2012 City Council race. Wieboldt acknowledged to a crowd of about 30 supporters that he was announcing "early,'' but he said in a speech that the excesses of the recently completed city elections -- races marked by name calling and alleged violations of the election law -- convinced him to announce his intentions so local residents could examine his record carefully.

Of course, in politics, the stories are usually in the subtext and, in this case, it was worth noting who was there to endorse Wieboldt and who was not.

Madrid, and incumbent council members Mark Arapostathis, Ernie Ewin and Dave Allan were at Wieboldt's side -- Ruth Sterling, the other council member who was seen as an ally to the challengers in this week's election, was no where to be seen.

Though ostensibly Allan would be a candidate for re-election in 2012, Wieboldt, who works for the county Sheriff's Department, made it clear he was targeting Sterling. In any event, he'll have plenty of time to prepare his race.

After the press conference, Wieboldt and his supporters retired to Pietro's Cucina Italiana & Pizza on Fletcher Parkway for a party that mixed post-election fatigue with the pre-election discussions.

Perhaps La Mesa, like Washington D.C., has entered in its own way into the era of the endless campaign. Time will tell.

Weiboldt candidacy speech: Jim Wieboldt Speech Nov. 3, 2010.doc

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Comment by David Stanley on November 4, 2010 at 9:34am
I too and bleary eyed, both from following all or most of the returns and from rubbing my eyes in wonder over the stupidity of the voters of this state. Between gagging and shaking my head I am agog with amazement! Now, I have to accept Mr. Weiboldt at his word that he will push hard to correct past wrongs, past wastes of our money, past political lies and promises. I accept that he will stand as a patriot and do what he is elected to do - represent US, not his own views and biases. Jim, Stand up. You can be the most important member of your team. Will you? Remember, we are watching, we are listening!!! David
Comment by Dennis S. Twiss on November 4, 2010 at 8:08am
I'll bet that Art was truly bleary eyed; but from a late night?

And for the citizens to be able to examine Wieboldt's "...record carefully", he will have to be honest. Only time will tell if that's possible.
Comment by Karen Pearlman on November 3, 2010 at 9:47pm
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