It was a warmer than usual winter, but so far, a colder than ordinary political season.
Usually by this time the candidates have lined up, even though formal declarations don’t come until next month. The reason for early announcements is obvious – candidates get their names out and, in the process, are able to gauge support in terms of money and of who else might be in the field.
Locally, that hasn’t happened this year.
Danny Hall, who unsuccessfully sought Ward 5 two years ago, is one of the rare early birds. He’s running again.
Just yesterday, incumbent John DelGiudice announced he would not seek re-election. And following up on rumors last week, the Beacon confirmed that former councilman Carlo Pisaturo is interest in running again.
In fact, last Thursday’s Beacon story found a number of former councilmen thinking of taking another run, including Al Gemma in Ward 7 and Helen Taylor in Ward 3. Donald Torres reportedly has an interest in Ward 2, assuming incumbent Bruce Place doesn’t seek re-election. Since that story, the paper has heard that former councilman Joseph Gallucci would run for his brother, Ray’s, seat in Ward 8 if Ray doesn’t. Ray Gallucci would not confirm or deny the report.
And, what about the top of the ticket?
Mayor Scott Avedisian is keeping his plans to himself. He is expected to say something at a May 24 fundraiser, the first of the political season for him.
As for a challenger, Ward 4 Councilman Joseph Solomon has expressed his interest in the job, although it is believed he wouldn’t challenge Avedisian if he sought a seventh full term.
But that’s pretty much it – no real newcomers and a handful of incumbents.
Charles “CJ” Donovan Jr., who will be running again in Ward 7, offered an interesting answer. He said this isn’t an easy time to be in elective office. Municipalities aren’t piling up surpluses and are surely not flush with cash. Elected officials are faced with making tough decisions and making cuts rather than initiating programs.
Perhaps he’s right.
But it is evident that, in difficult times, we need leaders. We urge those who have the initiative and drive to step forward. But do it soon, or hold your breath for another two years.