Another 5 1/2 Years! Councilman/Council President Herb Wesson Jr, Wins CD 10 Election

As expected Councilman Wesson pulled well ahead of challenger Grace Yoo but was it as big an endorsement by the voters as Team Wesson had hoped for?

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Candidate Herb Wesson Jr. spent $416,761.12 to Grace Yoo's $81,068.25. The money generated 8,889 votes for Herb and 4,174 votes for Grace.  Wesson lost 855 votes from his 2011 election while Grace, a first time candidate, facing a powerful incumbent, with a fraction of his funding - totalled nearly half of Herbs votes.  Admittedly not good enough but then again, not bad. What would have happened if she'd had half his funding?

One can hope that Councilman Wesson has had an awakening after viewing these numbers and will seriously consider why with all that money, his supporters decreased and why Ms. Yoo got as many as she did.

Another 5 1/2 Years

Councilmembers are termed out after three terms (12 years) but because Councilman Wesson came to our community half way through previous Councilman Ludlow's first term (Ludlow left for another job) Councilman Wesson was given a fourth term (this election). The Charter Amendment which places all the voting cycles on the same date, also passed,  giving Councilman Wesson an extra 18 months for a total of 5 1/2 years in our district instead of the usual four years.  At the end of his term he will have spent a whopping 15 1/2 years in our district.

Will he finally dig in and get involved with our small businesses, homeless issues, development along our corridors, senior citizen services, infrastructure, community groups...or will he be spending his time haunting the power corridors of City Hall getting ready to become County Supervisor when Mark Ridley-Thomas terms out?   With the election of Councilmembers he helped raise funds for, he has a lot of power on the City Council.  (Some say more than the mayor. As we have reported...he is very good at gaining power.  Does he have his eye on becoming the Mayor?)

Yet, at the end  of his time with us,  if he loses the election in his next powerplay (it was easy to get and stay elected in CD10)...he will have to get a job in the private sector so it's fairly safe to assume he will be doing whatever he thinks needs to be done in order to ensure he doesn't lose.  Hopefully taking care of CD10, partnering with the residents and responding fairly to all residents, not just the favored few or high profile issues, will be part of that plan.

A request sent to Councilman Wesson to give TNN a State of the District address to communicate his vision for CD10 over the next 5 1/2 years...went unanswered. Whatever he does, the good, the bad or the ugly,  the Neighborhood News will be there to report back to you...ever ready to keep an eye on your elected official. 

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