Sue Lester Withdraws
Late this afternoon council candidate Sue Lester announced that she's dropping out of the race. Her complete statement appears on the Daily Pilot as a commentary, HERE. I've known that she was considering dropping out for some time, but promised to keep it under my hat until she actually made her announcement.
I've read her explanation - she didn't REALLY owe one to anybody - and think she hit the nail on the head. Her assessment of the current state of Costa Mesa politics is frighteningly accurate.
NO LONGER A ONE-TRICK PONY
When she arrived in town a few years ago she was a one-trick pony - medical marijuana was her issue. She's gone through a lot dealing with the turmoil around that issue, including being forced to close her business. And yet, through all that she remained very positive and tried to work beyond that narrow focus to make our city better. Her voice at the speaker's podium was always respectful and her opinions were well-thought out.
HOPE SHE STICKS AROUND
I believe she made the right decision for the right reasons and I'm glad she's part of the activist infrastructure of our city and hope she continues to find ways to make a positive impact.
FRIDAY IS THE DEADLINE
The filing deadline is 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 10th. At the end of business we should know just who has actually decided to run for city council. It is widely assumed that there will be at least six candidates, maybe more. We'll see. Once we know we'll begin to present our further views of them.
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