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Stirling for Fremont Council

Alan Stirling and John EdwardsIf Alan Stirling’s name sounds familiar, it’s not just because it’s so similar to the guy who does the Hair Club for Men commercials.

Stirling won about 12 percent of the vote when he ran for council in 2006, and is now the 12th person to take out nominating papers for this year’s council race.
Unless he pulls a Mitt Romney (a closeted hair club member, I think) and reverses himself on every major issue, Stirling is likely to rail against consulting fees city employee salaries, which he thinks are too high. Click here for his 2006 web site.

Here’s what we wrote about him during his losing 2006 bid:
Stirling is running for political office for the first time because he wants better fiscal responsibility at City Hall and more citizen participation in policy decisions.

Topping the retired ironworker’s priorities is Measure L, which he opposes.

City officials say the proposed tax on natural gas and electricity bills would help shore up the city’s lagging public safety services.

Stirling counters: “The proposed justifications (for the tax) are simply not true. The recession has diminished, and the state is no longer siphoning city money.”

Stirling, 63, believes that a vote for him is a vote for change. He says that the Fremont Police Department’s no-response policy to burglar alarms, announced last year, is to blame for the city’s crime increase.

The former member of the Bridge Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers unions, Local 25 and Local 378, proposes that the city should give fewer concessions to employee unions in order to tighten Fremont’s belt.

“We cannot negotiate contracts that we cannot live up to,” said Stirling, who has raised $143 for his campaign.

If elected, he promises to limit the amount spent on consultants and would call for an audit of the city’s finances, “to make sure that good money isn’t being thrown after bad.”

A divorced father of four grown children and three grandchildren, Stirling has lived in Fremont since 1979.

Matt Artz

  • Robert Kelley

    Mitt Romney corrected his viewpoint on infanticide, and should be lauded for this change. Mitt Romney stood solid on every other major issue. Insulting his hair is petty.

    If you want flip-flops, just listen to Sen. Obama and his viewpoints on Rev. Wright, Iran, Iraq, Energy, Oil, Sen. Clinton, and Afghanistan. Is there an issue he hasn’t taken both sides of?

    Of course, you could consider Sen John Edwards and his flip-flops with his marriage and his affair with Rielle Hunter this year. I’m sure if he was a Republican, it would be get adequate coverage.

  • Groove

    Hasn’t Mitt Romney has already flipped flopped back to his laudable Pro Choice stance? And if he hasn’t officially stated his intentions yet, you can bet he will after Obama is elected!

  • Doug

    Mitt Romney had his dog ride on the roof of the family’s car when they went on vacation. Romney strapped a dog carrier — with the family dog Seamus, an Irish Setter, in it — to the roof of the family station wagon for a twelve hour drive from Boston to Ontario, which the family apparently completed, despite Seamus’s rather visceral protest (dog excrement was found on the roof and sides of the car).
    For a guy with a net worth estimated at between $190 million-$250 million, plus a blind trust for his children and grandchildren of $70 million you would think he’d have a bigger vehicle so his dog could fit inside.

  • Walter, Livermore

    I can respect a candidate that only has the means to raise limited funds for his campaign in the world of big-politics. $143 is not a lot of money, but it’s still early. Maybe “Con” Edwards can spare some tip-money from one of his $400 haircuts to help aid Stirling’s campaign. Good ol’ “Con” may reconsider when he gets word of Stirling’s talk of “fiscal responsibility” though. The part about “change” is original. I’m sure at least one of the 12 people that have pulled papers for Fremont City-Council planned on using that one as well.

    I can support more citizen participation in politics. Now days, when I hear that I may take a second look. In Fact, this just might be the real cure for what’s going on in this country, from the federal level to the state and all the way down to the local level.

    I’d like to see more citizens out there getting involved with what’s going on. The problem is that regular people don’t think that it’s their place to be involved with politics and they are very caught-up in the “paycheck to paycheck” problems of their everyday life.

    Can we get a complete list of the people who have taken out papers? It would be interesting to see how many known politicians are running vs. the regular everyday people.

    Did the Minutemen ever end up taking out papers to run for Fremont City-Council? Even though some may disagree with the points that they make, they seem to be the type of citizen volunteers that we’re talking about.

  • Interesting

    Haha. I loved Doug’s comment about Mitt Romney..really interesting.

  • Linh Tat

    Walter from Livermore asked for a list of people who have picked up candidate forms. Ask and you shall receive…

    Actually, there will be an article in Wednesday’s paper with a rundown of everyone who’s pulled papers. The article is online already, so check it out at http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/ci_10108559. (If that link doesn’t work, go to http://www.theargusonline.com and click on the “Filing deadline looms for Tri-City elections” header.)

  • Walter, Livermore

    Thanks for the info and the links, Linh Tat!