2012 is going to be a great year in the political hemisphere. Not only are we going to see presidential candidates duke it out, we also will witness a contested congressional election, city council races, and the mayoral elections of Union City and Fremont.
Although there have been no official declarations from any camp, I suspect the following candidates to run for Mayor in 2012:
1. Steve Cho
2. Bill Harrison
3. Anu Natarajan
1. Dominic Dutra
2. Vinnie Bacon
I mention the wildcards to be complete, but I don’t expect anyone will take them seriously.
Former city council member Steve Cho will invariably pickup support from Republicans and possibly Chinese Americans. Recall, that although the Citizens for Better Community supported him for Mayor 2008, city council member Sue Chan didn’t. The only thing going against Cho is that he is not a sitting incumbent and he has been “out of sight, out of mind” for a while.
The real battle is between Council members Bill Harrison and Anu Natarajan. Each is jockeying to be the frontrunner. Both share support from similar base of people with some minor differences. I will dissect this further in a followup blog post. To be continued…