Mr. Saylor who will become Mayor in June would make things interesting if he wins the seat. The election for Supervisor is in June of 2010. Should he gain 50 percent of the vote at that time, he would be declared the winner without the race having to go to a run off in November. However, like Supervisor Jim Provenza, he would not actually become Supervisor until January 2011. So for six months he would be the Mayor of Davis while he is Supervisor-in-waiting.
Mr. Saylor would then step down from council and instead of a council majority, there would be a 2-2 deadlocked council that has to appoint a replacement for Mr. Saylor. So somehow, some way, the city council would have to find a compromise candidate acceptable to at least three of Ruth Asmundson, Stephen Souza, Sue Greenwald, and Lamar Heystek.
Of course, that series of events only occurs if Don Saylor wins the Supervisor seat and if the incumbents both win in the June 2010 Council Elections. There is a long way to go.
One of the questions that will need to be resolved is who runs against Don Saylor for the Supervisor Seat. On the current council only Sue Greenwald lives in the second Supervisorial District. She seems to prefer not to run, but she would make an intriguing match up. On the surface people would argue that she has no chance. But if you run the numbers from the last council race in the district she only trailed Saylor by about 300 votes or a 53.5 to 47.5 percent margin. Factor in that she did not walk a single precinct in the district and she would figure to have a fighting chance.
One person who appears to be out of consideration is Former Davis Mayor Ken Wagstaff.
In the meantime, Don Saylor has been busy securing support for a run for the seat. Matt Rexroad reports on his blog that Don Saylor already has the support of the entire Woodland, Winters, and West Sacramento City Councils along with Senator Lois Wolk, Supervisors Helen Thomson, Mike McGowan, Sheriff Ed Prieto, and District Attorney Jeff Reisig.
Not listed as endorsers was Supervisor Jim Provenza who attended last night’s event and was introduced by Don Saylor. As was County Clerk Freddie Oakley. Appearing on stage as well were former County Supervisor Betsy Marchand, Former Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo, West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, retiring Public Defender Barry Melton, Mayor Ruth Asmundson and Councilmember Stephen Souza, Former Mayors Jerry Adler and Mike Corbett, and School Board Member Gina Daleiden. Former Secretary of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin was the master of ceremonies.
That sounds formidable, but realize that virtually the same coalition of people supported West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon in his race for Assembly and we know how that ended up.
The second Supervisorial District, where I live and let me dispel any notions, is not going to be won based on endorsements, it will be won based on hard work and walking and talking to the people. We shall see if anyone is willing to step up to the plate and oppose the Mayor Pro Tem.
—David M. Greenwald reporting