LA MESA – Mayor Art Madrid Friday said he welcomed City Councilwoman Ruth Sterling’s decision to challenge him in November’s election.
“I welcome all opponents,’’ Madrid said. “This gives us a chance to discuss the issues and to lay out our record of accomplishments for the residents of La Mesa.’’
Madrid, the long-serving mayor, also had a direct answer when asked if he was willing to debate Sterling:
“Every week,’’ he said.
Sterling surprised many this week when she picked up papers, the first step to establishing candidacy in the mayor’s race. Sterling was not up for re-election to her council seat this year but had publicly lamented the lack of aggressive challengers for the seats, including the mayor’s, that will be up for re-election.
But since picking up papers, Sterling has been keeping a low profile, not responding to calls and e-mails from LaMesaToday.com for comment. Some local politicians say her low-key approach suggests she may not be serious about a run and may not eventually file the papers.