Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Local politics

So like the good kid I am I was checking out the voter information for the upcoming election and noticed something scary. Lou Filipovich is on the ballot for state senate.

I have to explain Lou, he's kind of a local character. He runs for things as kind of a hobby, I guess. He's usually on the ballot for two or three things in any given election. This last primary among other things he ran for Alameda County Board of Supervisors (3.4% of the vote) and Mayor of San Leandro (5.8% of the vote).

The seat was open because the prior person got term limited out. Democrats had a major three way battle - big bucks were spent - and Ellen Corbett won. She was well regarded as the mayor of San Leandro, where Lou lives. Apparently Lou noticed that the Republicans weren't even bothering this year (not unusual in certain local races), declared himself to be a Republican (he isn't) and won the nomination without any real effort. So he actually won one of his three races.

The thing is, I'm not sure that people in the rest of the district really know about Lou. He might even have some name recognition - how many times do you have to see "Lou Filipovich" on the ballot before you just assume he's a legitimate candidate? And after the dirty campaign, maybe some people think poorly of Ellen Corbett. I mean, she got less than 40% of the vote in the primary.

Lou could win. How... um... interesting...


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