Newark Mayor’s Run

13 Sep

Ana Apodaca is taking on the Newark establishment in her upcoming race for Newark Mayor in November, 2011. Apodaca claims to be the “only forward looking candidate.” Unfortunate for Apodaca, the Newark die-hard club consisting of Washington Hospital Board Member Pat Danielson, Newark School board member Nancy Thomas, Shirley Sisk of LOV, and Mayor David Smith are all lining up behind their man, Al Nagy.

Things were looking good for Ana until Ray Rodriguez came on the scene. Rodriguez claims to have the support of our former assembly member, Alberto Torrico. Rodriguez, a Vietnam veteran, claims to have marched with Martin Luther King and has been a Newark school board member for over 15 years.

The Newark’s mayor race has just become interesting and I can’t wait to see how it shapes up. For what it’s worth, Apodaca got the endorsement from the Alameda County Democratic Committee. Will that be enough to unseat Newark’s old guard? Will Ray Rodriguez be the thorn in Ana Apodaca’s side? Stay tuned…

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4 Responses to “Newark Mayor’s Run”

  1. Bob September 13, 2011 at 3:51 am #

    Interesting. I like Ana-I think she will be a fine Mayor.

  2. JBFremont September 13, 2011 at 3:56 am #

    Ana has burned her bridges with a few of the local Dems. Why wouldn’t she get Torrico’s support? Isn’t he the one who recruited her to run for council?

  3. Kelly September 13, 2011 at 4:21 am #

    I’m ready for a fresh face for Newark. Go Ana! I don’t care about what others think. It’s time for a change.

  4. Bud Daily September 30, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    Ana Apodaca,Al Nagy & Ray Rodriguez are all wonderful people who have served their community admirably for many years. I’m sure they’re all quite capable of being a wonderful mayor. However they differ on one significant issue – Medical Cannabis Dispensaries. Ana & Al have been instrumental in Newark’s effort to subvert the will of California voters. They complain that the Dispensaries are operating without a Business License (do non-profits really need a license ?),while they institute a moratorium & refuse to work with them at all. 45% of Newark voters supported legalized marijuana in 2009 & I’m sure at least that many support legal Dispensaries in Newark. Ray Rodriguez says that he would work with the Dispensaries on licensing & zoning issues. Apodaca & Nagy are denying Newark residents their voter approved right to safe access,let’s see how wise this is in a three way race.

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