Here’s the top five candidates as I see it:
Dirk Lorenz — Dirk would make history as the first Fremont councilman to have seen Cher live in concert. He’s a Planning Commissioner and Fremont native, who could get four votes. Potential pitfall is his stake in a diner on city-owned land; the fact that he’s a Republican; and that he didn’t get appointed last time around right after he had nearly been elected to the council.
David Bonaccorsi — Planning Commissioner, Fremont native, active with the schools and a lawyer to many, including Mr. Dutra. Only downside is that his name is harder to spell than his would-be predecessor’s.
Yogi Chugh — Planning Commissioner, who has worked to support Democratic candidates around town. Another name I’ve botched in the past.
Nina Moore — Former School Board member, chamber leader, who could also get four votes. (But she told me on Thursday that she’s not interested.)
Ishan Shah — Haha. Just kidding. There are only four top candidates. But it doesn’t matter since Ishan is taking it to the house in November.
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Rakesh Sharma — A planning commissioner who’s run for council before
Lisa Quan — Now in her second year as planning commissioner. Hard to believe.
Trisha Tahmasbi — Her star is still in ascension.
Garrett Yee — I don’t see it after challenging Wieckowski.
Long, Long Long shots
Henry Yin — I think he’s working for the feds or the state or something. He’d have to give up his new gig.
Larry Sweeney — I’ve talked to the school board member twice and both times he struck me as someone who’s very political and politically ambitious. I wouldn’t be surprised if he wanted to sit on the council, but I think he’ll have to win a seat the old fashioned way.
Tony Dutra — What’s a Fremont City Council list without at least one Dutra on it.
Cyndy Mozzetti — She’s Fremont’s longest ever serving planning commissioner, and as a council member she could push for the re-opening of her family’s old joint: Joe’s Corner.
Raj Salwan — The veterinarian and son of a veterinarian/major Hayward property owner networks like he’s interested in running for council, but not yet.
Vinnie Bacon — If I’m Vinnie, I make nice with the mayor and write a friendly letter expressing my interest in Richard King’s now vacant Planning Commission seat. He’ll never get it with the election coming up, but it could position him to have a real chance for the appointment if he finishes a strong third in November and the council appoints a planning commissioner to Wieckowski’s seat. It would be somewhat similar to Dirk Lorenz’s situation in 2004/2005.