Thursday, April 14, 2011

Like Democrats, Republican At-Large Race Presents Alpha Problem for Slate

On Monday, I was able to examine the May 3 Republican Primary Ballot. Like the Democrats, the slated candidates in the Republican Party Primary will have to fight the alphabet.

If Republicans go into the voting booth on May 3 and vote the first four candidates for At-Large City County Council, the Republicans will nominate Jocelyn-Tandy Adande, Jackie Cissell, Michael Kalscheur, and Barbara Malone. Incumbent Angel Rivera would be the slated candidate left out.

Of course, Jocelyn-Tandy Adande is a perennial candidate for something and party means little. She's run for Mayor as a Democrat. She's run for other offices as a Republican. She was a former campaign manager for Democrat Bob Kern when he lost in his bid to unseat Dan Burton.

I can't imagine Republicans will be turning out in droves for this election with very little to decide on their side at the top of the ticket, so if Adande can muster some support, she might be able to get enough to prevail in a pick four out of five race.

Rivera should be ok as an incumbent, but, like the Democratic side with six candidates running for four slots, you never know until you know.

1 comment:

Paul K. Ogden said...

In these kind of low profile list races, you're missing another factor - women almost always come out on top. There is a definite bias toward female candidates.

I disagree that Angel Rivera is automatically safe. Although he's an incumbent, he's not been through an election so his name has never been on an R primary ballot. He's done little to endear himself to fiscal conservatives in the R electorate since he's been on the council. Then you have the potential backlash due to his having a Hispanic name. I hate to admit it, but there is that element oout there in the Republican electorate.

Michael Kalscheur or Rivera could be potentially bumped. (Remember Barb Malone wasn't slated and she bumped a male slated candidate.) What hurts the challenger though is that, although female, she has kind of an unusual name too. It's amazing how a name can affect voting. I still say Vop Osili was a victim of that when he ran against a very coomon first and last name....Charlie White.