Thursday, August 09, 2012

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.

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.


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.

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.



Anonymous Eleanor Egan said...

I also hope Sue Lester stays active and involved with city issues. She is smart, honest and has a lot to offer.

8/10/2012 08:40:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Sue is a wonderful and honorable woman, and would make a great candidate. It is an honor to have her working with us in Costa Mesa towards a better form of government.

8/10/2012 09:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Tom Egan said...

Sue is highly capable, earnest, likable, and has a broad, people-oriented background.

We need that sort of person on the council again.

8/10/2012 12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Robin said...

I agree with Eleanor and just wondering, and I would add noble. What Sue did was noble, she put the good of our city ahead of any other agenda. I read her commentary and am impressed all over again with the quality of person she is.

The last flyer that CM4RG passed out says in part "The council majority:.. Have put their own agenda ahead of the residents' needs." It goes on to say "We want a city council that:.. Does the right things for the right reasons"

So let's vote one out, and the other one in!

8/10/2012 12:53:00 PM  
Blogger Gericault said...

I just heard that we were back up to eight.....Tom Hopkins...Mesa Verde...?

8/10/2012 02:53:00 PM  

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