Monday, June 4, 2007 | Next year’s San Diego City Council races are beginning to take shape as several hopefuls said they will take full advantage of the one-year campaign fundraising window that opens this week.
The 2008 contests will be the first large-scale makeover of the city’s legislative branch in nearly a decade, as term limits will compel four of San Diego’s eight council regions — Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 — to replace their current council delegates with a new batch.
The Next Generation
The successors to Scott Peters, Toni Atkins, Brian Maienschein and Jim Madaffer will follow a period of exceptional turmoil in our city’s history. The four council members presided over the municipal government at a time when federal and local officials launched investigations into the city’s pension dealings and bookkeeping practices, and their popularity gradually wilted with the bad news that trickled out of City Hall for several years.
The absence of incumbents has drawn a litany of candidates to the field, as challenging a seated politician has proven to be a virtual impossibility in recent city races. The already-bustling council races contrast with a lack of chatter about challenges to Mayor Jerry Sanders and City Attorney Mike Aguirre, who will both enjoy incumbent status when standing for re-election next year.
Council aspirants are trying to make it well known that they will be running in hopes of staking turf among political donors and community groups in the year leading up to the June 3, 2008, primary election.