The Next Big Question
Now that the city council has settled on Sally Clark to replace Jim Compton, who resigned last month, the unanswered question is: Who will run against her in November? Clark, whom I talked to at her Lifelong AIDS Alliance office yesterday, was already filing her campaign paperwork with the state Public Disclosure Commission; so far, only one of the 103 candidates for this year’s open council position - Michael X. Ford, who didn’t receive a single vote from the council - has filed, but others are certain to do so as November’s election approaches. Sharon Maeda has said she’ll wait until 2007 to run again, but others - Joann Francis? Venus Velazquez? - have not made their intentions known. Four of the nine current council members ran for election after failing to win appointments to open seats, so there’s plenty of precedent for a resilient and politically savvy candidate to take on Clark or another council member, either this year or in 2007.