Friday, April 27, 2007

Just another odd mayor's race VI

The Express-News has a voter's guide for the upcoming elections in San Antonio. Though there are a lot of candidates out there for all the council seats (28 in all), and there's a lot of information in this guide, it's the mayor's race that seems to have the most characters. Phil Hardberger, the incumbent, will most likely get re-elected, but it's fun to take a quick look at the other people vying for his job.

Here are the mayoral candidates, and a brief line from the E-N voter's guide to give you a taste of what we have to choose from in the Alamo City.

R.G. Griffing - "He also sold 'ZonaPair Invisible Underwear' and parcels of land on Mars."

Phil Hardberger - "He came out of retirement in 2005 to run for mayor, ultimately defeating two sitting council members and a handful of other candidates."

Michael Idrogo - "On his campaign Web site, he identifies himself - without further detail - as a 'veteran of foreign wars' and one-time naval commander."

Patrick McCurdy - "Patrick McCurdy, owner of Joseph's Storehouse bakery and restaurant, says he believes God called him to run for mayor 'to lead San Antonio to prayer.'"

Julie Iris Oldham - "Oldham is a frequent mayoral candidate."

Eiginio Rodriguez - "Councilwoman Patti Radle appointed him to the city's Zoning Commission in 2005, but council members initially blocked the appointment, questioning whether he would operate fairly."

Rhett Smith - "Smith ran against U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith in 2004, capturing 35 percent of the vote."

That's a lot to choose from, and I'm sure they've got a lot of promises to give. But, I'm thinking of saving my vote for the one that will promise to keep the elevators running at the Tower of the Americas.

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