As we approach the deadline for filing to run for office - just two days left - there certainly doesn't seem to be a rush to throw the bums out. So far there are mostly incumbents filing for re-election, and few contested races. Sound familiar?
So, some obvious questions arise...Is anyone here planning on running for office? Though there is clearly a desire to replace the existing order, does anyone believe that a few new elected officials here and there will be game-changers? In other words, will a complaining population turn out to be a compliant population in the end? If so, is that realism, cynicism, or defeatism? How complicit are the voters in Port Angeles and Clallam County in their own dissatisfaction?
More specific questions I have include...Does anyone think that Shan Pak is going to get a free (and unopposed) ride to the City Council? Does Sissi Bruch merit re-election to that same body? Does Lee Whetham merit such a quick promotion? Does Cherie Kidd deserve anything other than shaming, shunning, and permanent banishment? Will the Democrats actually field an opponent for Dim King Jim?
And what do you think that the entrenched and (for lack of a better word) evil staff members at various governing entities think of all this? Are they worried? Anticipating change? Laughing at the thought of "change"?
Just two days to go, folks...
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a theme! Sort of!
Yes, in addition to looking like the Year of Uncontested Port Angeles City Council Races, Part II, it is also starting to look like the Year of the Longhairs. Yes, indeed. We already had ponytailed Shan Pak running for the Port Angeles City Council, and now Mark Ozias, executive director of the Sequim Food Bank, is running (as a Democrat) against Dim King Jim for County Commissioner. See photo of Mr. Ozias below, and expect to see said picture lots more during the campaign. Also be prepared to hear lots of hippie/longhair jokes from the local right-wingers.
But ha ha ha, the joke's on them. I don't know Mr. Ozias, but he doesn't look like someone who is ready to play hard, fast and dirty enough to beat Dim King Jim, who loves the art of attack and smear. But we'll see...