Endorsement Caps of a Great Week for Swanson and a Tough Week For Vergis –
The Enterprise has a history of supporting the pro-growth candidates and policies, indeed going back to 2002, Sue Greenwald in 2004 is the only non-pro-growth candidate to receive an endorsement. The Enterprise supported both Covell Village and Target. But times have changed, and the most burning issue has not been growth this year, but the budget and the Enterprise has fairly consistently been critical of the current council’s budget and spending priorities.
The Enterprise writes,
“DYSFUNCTIONAL interpersonal dynamics that have characterized the council in recent years must become a thing of the past. Our elected leaders must work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect. They must listen to community members, city staff and each other – and they must lead us into a future where tough decisions are made collaboratively.
Both Krovoza and Swanson are longtime Davis residents with the best interests of this community at heart. Both are parents and have raised their families in this community. Both have wide, diverse networks of connection and support. Both bring to the council dais a skill set that will serve them well as elected leaders and decision-makers.”
They conclude, “MANY CHALLENGES face our city government. We’re confident that Krovoza and Swanson will work with their council colleagues to make the tough decisions necessary to bring our city finances into balance. They’ll forge more partnerships with UC Davis and the Davis school district. They’ll work to improve our business climate. They’ll safeguard our fragile environment. They’ll do what’s best for Davis.”
Did the Enterprise get one right? I will leave that for the reader and voters to decide.
Our course two years ago they wrote in endorsing Souza, Saylor, and Vergis, “Davis will need council members who drive hard bargains with the city’s labor unions, make fiscally sound decisions to live within our means”
Enough said. Hopefully the Enterprise has learned from past mistakes.
And while newspaper endorsements are what they are, for Sydney Vergis this cannot be good news on a top of what has to be a tough week.
Two years ago, she was endorsed by the Davis Enterprise along with Don Saylor and Stephen Souza. It was somewhat of a surprise given the fact that she was a newcomer and was being endorsed over a sitting two-term incumbent.
At the beginning of the campaign, it appeared she was likely one of the top two candidates. It is very difficult to know whether that is still the case, but this has been at least on the public front a tough week for her.
Last Saturday she announced that she would not receive or accept the endorsement from the firefighters. That may or may not have been her choice, but two years ago, she took $4000 in direct and an additional $8000 in indirect contributions from the firefighters. That support was worth a mailer and a door hanger in addition to whatever $4000 buys. She will now apparently have to do without that support.
We also learned that the Sacramento Bee endorsed Krovoza and Swanson. And in what had to be a somewhat personal blow, the Davis Democratic Club, a club that Ma. Vergis had participated in, only endorsed Joe Krovoza. Ms. Swanson was not eligible for an endorsement as a non-registered Democrat.
Meanwhile this capped of what had to be a great week for Rochelle Swanson. Last Friday she made a strong statement at the candidate’s forum that she would not be accepting money from people that she will have negotiate contracts for.
Ms. Swanson responded, “I have great respect for city employees who provide services for us. I will not be accepting endorsements or bundling of donations any employee groups.”
She went on to explain why, “There’s a couple of reasons why. I think one is the perception. While I don’t think that any particular candidate is for sale, or has the anticipation that they’re going to be influenced, perception matters. I think it is important that that perception be one of trust for the candidates that are up there negotiating contracts. On the other is the potential, the potential for the entities to expect to have special considerations down the road. “
Ms. Swanson continued, “I think that it’s important because we make tough decisions up there that people know that it’s based on what’s fair and what’s best for the city of Davis. Not whether or not someone had contributions. It’s tough, it’s expensive to have a campaign. I’ve actually had to turn down money from a bargaining unit, they completely respected and understood why because they wanted to know that when I was making decisions for them, should I be elected, it would be what’s fair.”
On Sunday, when Bob Dunning gave his revised odds, he put Rochelle Swanson in second place and Sydney Vergis in third place, which was a switch of positions from what he had initially predicted. At the time, we wondered what it might be based on, but now that seems perhaps prophetic.
Mr. Dunning wrote this about Ms. Vergis, “at one point, being thought of as Don Saylor’s hand-picked successor was an asset. That’s not the case anymore. Vergis and her talented campaign committee are going to have to come up with some distinguishing issues if she’s to recapture her momentum between now and June 8.”
Later, Ms. Swanson would capture the key endorsements of the Bee and Enterprise, but maybe the biggest news is what she broke on Facebook on Thursday having capture the endorsement the same day of Sue Greenwald and Ruth Asmundson. As they say, politics makes some strange bedfellows, but for Ms. Swanson that was the shot she might have needed.
I tend to agree with Mr. Dunning’s assessment at the moment, but I sense that the battle for second is extremely close and caution that we just do not know what the vast majority of voters who pay no attention to this stuff are going to do come election day.
—David M. Greenwald reporting