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LA MESA -- Both Mark Arapostathis and Mayor Art Madrid were asked to sit for on-camera interviews with La Mesa Today.
Arapostathis, a current City Council member, agreed. Madrid, saying he preferred a face-to-face debate format, demurred.
The video above, filmed at O'Dunn's Fine Art gallery on La Mesa Boulevard, presents Arapostathis' life in La Mesa, his reason for running for mayor at this time and outlines his belief that his collegial, collaborative style will bring a new tone and effectiveness to the leadership of the city. He cited what he said was Madrid's negative campaigning as his reason for denying the mayor the debate format.
Arapostathis, a full-time teacher at La Mesa Arts Academy and director of the Peter Pan Jr. Theater and C. Hook Theater groups also discussed how he could balance the mayoral duties in what can look like a very full life already. Arapostathis said constant engagement in the community is a critical component of being a good mayor and that it is the engaged members of the community that make change happen.
"As the old adage goes, if you want to get something done, give it to the busy man,'' he said.
Arapostathis' opponent would not appear on camera. Madrid, for more than four decades a steward of La Mesa, has proven to have many long-time supporters who have kept him in office election after election.
In Madrid's absence, we share a letter of recommendation from Alison Drew, a local nurse who is supporting his candidacy again. The missive demonstrates aspects of Madrid's person-to-person style that he has used to build support for decades.
La Mesa Today thanks Shannon O'Dunn, proprietor of O'Dunn Fine Art at 8325 La Mesa Boulevard for use of her gallery in preparing this report.