It’s easy to get caught up in the fracas of an election — day-to-day shuffling of who’s endorsing whom, or what throwaway claim was made at the latest debate. Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis took a step back to look at the public reception of the candidates vying to become our next mayor, though he did have one contender in mind.
“Were a prominent woman to decide to run for mayor after a sudden vacancy in that office,” Lewis wrote, “how would we take it if she were five months pregnant?”
Some dismissed it as a silly question; others agreed that Alvarez might face more tough questions about his decision to run if he were a woman. VOSD reader Glenn Young had a different take:
“Having young children, or children on the way, does improve the electability of a candidate. Helps them appear warm, caring, and relatable. So David and Nathan [Fletcher] have the young family thing going for them. Makes for a nice picture.”
But Alvarez also showed an edgier side this week. The councilman went further in criticizing former Mayor Jerry Sanders than virtually any other candidate has in the past. “It was a culture of secrecy that I think held back our city,” Alvarez said.