Here are the final-ish numbers from the City Council race, now that I have cycled nearly through all the stages of grief, focusing back on the local stuff is fairly helpful in the process:
A few thoughts based on the outcome of this race.
I think we are starting to see that name recognition may not bring the benefits that it used to bring. Both Tony Daysog and Lena Tam entered the race with a fair amount of name recognition. Tony Daysog because he is a current City Council member and Lena Tam because she used to be a City Council member.
I know a few people may attribute Tony Daysog’s loss to the negative campaign mailers that went out against him, but I will point out that both Tony Daysog and Jennifer Roloff were essentially campaigning on the same platform, but both came up short and Jennifer Roloff had no negative campaigning against her. It’s unclear if the “bullet vote for Jennifer Roloff” strategy was still around when people started to cast votes, if so and there was some percentage of people who would have cast votes for Tony Daysog as well, that strategy may have cost Tony Daysog a number of votes.
I think someone who may have benefitted from the bullet vote strategy was Malia Vella who was the only candidate to show some semblance of support for the renters initiative. While M1 did not pass I know that a lot of supporters were going for a Malia Vella vote only strategy and the “yes” votes were around 7200 folks.
What will be interesting to watch, moving forward, will be how this City Council functions with Trish Spencer at the helm but with a much less friendly City Council composition. There’s been a lot of real talk from the City Council about needing “three votes” so this election was pretty important from that aspect. I can imagine that Trish Spencer’s dream would have been to eliminate Marilyn Ezzy-Ashcraft and retain guaranteed second vote Tony Daysog. Now her closest ally may be Frank Matarrese on select issues. We may be seeing Trish Spencer of her School Board days once again, only this time she’ll have the gavel.
I assume we’ll be seeing Tony Daysog again in 2018.