Style! Spin! Acrimony!
Style! Spin! Acrimony! -- Assessing the 14th District Council Candidates' Strengths And Weaknesses
by Jon Regardie
There are two schools of thought, sorry, make that spin, regarding the 14th District City Council race. Anyone who says they know for sure that theirs is the right one is lying to you.
The first is that school board member Jose Huizar is a shoo-in to win the seat held until June 30 by Antonio Villaraigosa. This theory, uttered by many in City Hall, holds that Huizar's massive fundraising and endorsement lead will crush Team Pacheco. It says the coattails of prime backer Villaraigosa, and the aid of many who want to be in the still-new mayor's good graces, will carry Huizar, like an emperor in a littler, to a cushy leather chair on Spring Street.
The second belief system says that Nick Pacheco's 1999-2003 term as council rep of the district (before Villaraigosa ousted him) provides an insurmountable level of community support and name recognition. Council endorsements and naysayers be damned, quip Pacheco supporters, for it is 14th District residents, not City Hall staffers, who vote, and when they cast their ballots they'll pick the proven finder of funds, supporter of neighborhoods and overall Friend Of The People.
There is plenty to believe and question about each argument, as the first two months of the race have been lively and full of strategy. Although voters do not head to the polls until Nov. 8, the initial positioning and debates have revealed that both candidates have some notable strengths, as well as some troubling weaknesses. Here's a rundown of what they bring to the table, what they'd like to hide under it, and a couple wildcards.
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