What to Look for Tonight

October 23, 2014 at 5:16 am Leave a comment

By Andrew Richter

Well tonight is the big debate here for the three city council seats that are up in Crystal where the three incumbents John Budziszewski, Mark Hoffman, and Joe Selton are facing stiff challenges from Olga Parsons, Elizabeth Dahl, and Jeff Kolb. The debate will take place tonight at Crystal City Hall. So I thought I take a few moments to tell our audience what to look for tonight.

*The incumbents will attack

The incumbent candidates all embarrassingly lost their primaries. They combined to win 29% of the vote in the primary which was perhaps the worst showing in the state and in the campaign overall, they’ve been out yard signed, out door knocked, and outworked. It doesn’t mean the November election is over, but it does mean that they’ve been working from behind. So look for them to come out swinging. This, of course, could backfire like I think it did against Johnny B in the first debate where his performance really hurt, but I don’t think these three can help themselves. The challengers will have to maintain their composure.

*Look for planted questions

The incumbents and their friends will try hard to stack the deck with their dumb questions to make the incumbents look good. Look for questions about solar panels, the 281 referendum, and what committees people have served on so the three council members can get softballs.

*Look for the DFL Endorsement to be Mentioned

It’s funny how Community Solutions is often accused of “dividing the community” be certain former mayors yet it’s this group of councilman that have tried to turn this election into partisan warfare. I think, though, the incumbents think that “being DFL endorsed” is the key to winning so look for them to say that over and over and over and try to portray their opponents as radical conservative/libertarian in a desperate attempt to score partisan points with scare tactics.

That’s what to look for…..I’ll have a recap as soon as I can!


Entry filed under: City Government, Community, Crystal.

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