When I talk to novice candidates (this year and prior years) one of they almost always say that city politicians are ignoring them and detached from the city. Another common theme is that they want more stuff (fireworks), but don’t want new taxes to pay for them, and they think there’s money somewhere, but they’re not sure where.
With some candidates, it’s tough for me because I’ll ask a question about a major issue, and they won’t know what the heck I’m talking about. I struggle with whether to print their on-th-fly opinion or the fact that they weren’t informed.
Sometimes candidates see an issue, but don’t realize that it’s been debated for eons. Vladimir Rodriguez noted the big empty lot at Thornton Avenue and Fremont Boulevard and said that he never here’s anyone discussing it.
I told him that it’s been a big deal and that a divided council approved moving ahead with an apartment complex with several shops on the ground floor.
Rodriguez said he’d prefer more retail. He thought the land near the future Tesla plant could make a good place for a mall.
Of the newby candidates, the one who appeared to have the best sense of Fremont was John Herndon. He also was the only candidate who emailed me a photo. There he is on the right, a recent appointment to the Alameda County Republican Central Committee.
Herndon also works in the mental health field and he’s an assistant minister at an Oakland Church. His dad was a minister in Philly where he grew up.
Herndon, who “watched and studied the theories of Mr. Reagan,” said he’d be more involved in the community than the incumbents, and criticized them for the situation in Centerville without my prodding.
If I lived in Fremont, I would consider voting for Herndon based solely on his signs.
Any guy who makes purple his campaign color has the guts to take on Fremont’s problems.
One area of concern, however. Herndon is an Eagles fan. A lifetime without a Superbowl title can mess with a man’s head.