I like Mayor Coleman, but nobody should get to run uncontested for an office as important as this. I remember covering the great Rybak/McLaughlin Minneapolis mayoral debates for KFAI News back in 2005. It was pretty much farcical, two almost identical candidates saying almost identical things, desperately trying to differentiate themselves. It was also a non-event; Rybak had little chance of losing that election. But at the very least, it forced the mayor to stand on a stage before voters and state his position on issues. At the very least, it was an opportunity to talk about things like transit, taxes, and economic development.
It's disappointing that in Saint Paul, nobody legitimate is running against our incumbent mayor. Not because I don't like him or am not going to vote for him (I do, and I will), but a living breathing city should challenge itself on a regular basis. It's sad that the Holden campaign is the best that Saint Paul can do.
|[The Holden campaign car looking for parking in the Cinco de Mayo parade.]|
PS. My favorite line: "New vision for the Capitol City... is Capitol City".