From the outside, it certainly seemed like the fix, in some form, was in.
Now, fast forward a few years, and the Port Angeles City Council continues to be a place where dopes and dysfunction thrive. In that swirling mix of hot mess, Lee Whetham has shown himself to, at the very least, not be anywhere near the biggest idiot in the room. In fact, he has often been a voice for something resembling reason. Kidd, Downie, Collins, Gase - these morons are all way ahead of Lee Whetham in line for needing to go, go, go and darken City Hall's door no more.
And yet...Now we have Josh Oppelt, the Port Angeles restaurant "tycoon" announcing that he "looks forward to helping lead our community in a positive and healthy direction," by running against Whetham for his City Council seat. With four seats (at minimum) that need turned over, and fast, you have to ask why Oppelt is trying to take down someone who isn't named Kidd, Downie, Collins, Gase, or running against Jim Moran, who is a throwback's throwback. It seems an odd choice.
From the outside, it certainly seems like the fix, in some form, is in. This time for Lee.
It's practically the motto of Port Angeles:
If it is broke, don't fix it.
On a related note, let's also note that Jake Oppelt is the public face of the "super secret" money that bought ye olde Lincoln Theater. I would be shocked - shocked - if said Lincoln Theater didn't come before the City in the not-too-distant-future looking for some sort of financial assistance. In other words, the Conflict of Interest alert just jumped up right to Orange, headed for Red. Keep your eyes peeled, folks.
Because between Oppelt and Moran, and whoever else starts crawling out of the woodwork, the olde guard is not letting go of power. They may try to put on a newer, shinier face, but don't be fooled. As some of you have pointed out, there are plenty of influential people in Port Angeles who have a vested interest in keeping it poor, backward, and dysfunctional. Some of those people may run for City Council, or have their minions do so. Great vigilance will be required.