The Road to 10-1: 52 and Counting
Several previously undeclared candidates abruptly filed campaign treasurer designations in the last couple of days, and a few of those have already qualified for the ballot. All told, there are 80 potential candidates who have taken the first step – filing campaign treasurer designations – and it’s at least possible a few more will file CTD’s and ballot applications Monday. It takes some time for the Clerk’s staff to verify the candidates’ documentation – including the signatures of registered voters in particular districts – so if there’s a Monday rush, we may not know the final ballot until at least Tuesday.
At least one prominent declared candidate – Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole – confirmed to Newsdesk Saturday that she will indeed be filing her ballot application Monday afternoon. She would become the seventh candidate – and the only woman – to have thus far qualified for the mayoral ballot. The others are Stephen Adler, Ron Culver, Mike Martinez, David Orshalick, Todd Phelps, and Randall Stephens.
Orshalick’s a newcomer, an Allandale resident who worked on the 10-1 campaign; he filed both his CTD and ballot application Friday. Other potential mayoral candidates who have previously filed CTD’s include financial analyst Stephen Fabian, student/artist Nick Lucier, and Trevor Titman (also filed Friday; gratuitous joke goes here).
The lightest race remains District 2; only Delia Garza on the ballot, although Edward “Wally” Reyes is expected to file. District 3 now has nine balloted candidates, with a potential of 14. Late filers include José Quintero (aka “Joe Q”), who opposed Martinez for a Council seat in 2009, and restaurateur (Tamale House East) and attorney Jose Valera – both have made the ballot.
Another newcomer is model and emergency management volunteer Mackenzie Kelly; she makes five balloted candidates in District 6, with another (Pete Phillips) still likely.
Zack Ingraham, a sales and marketing staffer at Legal Zoom, joins six others on the District 7 ballot.
As expected, incumbent Council Member Chris Riley joined his colleague Kathie Tovo on the District 9 ballot; Erin McGann is also declared there, not yet balloted.
Newsdesk will be updating the ballot listings early next week; profiles of all the candidates are available at the Chronicle’s Election page.