Campaigns

Saturday, January 25, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

The race to become the next mayor of San Bernardino, Californai is heading into the home stretch.

Voters will decide one week from this Tuesday, on February 4.

The choice will be Small Business Owner and Former Councilwoman Wendy McCammack, and Accountant Cary Davis.

I gave-up and moved from San Bernardino in 2003. It was the right decision. The city continued its spiral downward as unscrupulous business ideas and contracts drained the city dry, leaving just a picked-over carcass.

Now residents will chose someone to hopefully lead the city from the deep hole that several predecessors helped engineer.

Surprisingly, the runoff campaign has been relatively lackluster. The conventional thinking is that McCammack has no chance, since she was recalled from her council seat in November, combined with her long tenure there.

Usually this is the case, and it may very well be the case this time as well.

But the campaign seems a little lopsided in McCammack’s favor, with a little help from Davis himself, whom I have never met.

Davis has sent a couple mailers introducing himself to voters, and was somewhat late in his campaign sign placement. He also didn’t help himself at a recent debate, held at Cal State San Bernardino, where he said small business owners weren’t qualified to be mayor.

Not a bright statement to make.

Maybe Davis’ backers feel he only needs a scant positive message. A premise that may be correct.

McCammack, on-the-other-hand, hasn’t thrown in the towel by any strecth. She’s been pounding on Davis as being a clone of outgoing Mayor Pat Morris. A man desperate to create a positive legacy for himself, and whose popularity has waned in recent years.

Negative mail, like it or not, impacts campaigns. It’s the American way. Always has been, always will be.

It’s doubtful a large segment of the city’s voters actually read the local newspapers. Many may not even know McCammack was even recalled.

Regardless, the election turnout will likely be low. That probablility alone leaves the final outcome up in the air.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

On a side note, City Councilman Fred Shorett looks to have no problem defending a challenge from Rap Video Maker Anthony Jones in the City’s Fourth Ward.