Writer's note: I've corrected an error in the headline. The period for taking out paperwork hasn't begun yet.
Just a quick update on the darkhorse candidates running for mayor of San Diego in 2012.
On April 14, Tobiah Pettus filed his statement of intention to run for mayor. As near as we can tell, his claim to fame is creating website where you can use multiple search engines, like Yahogle.com. We shot him an email to find out what his deal is. Here's his written response:
Meanwhile another candidate, Rocky Neptun, took issue with our statement that Rep. Bob Filner is the first Democrat to enter the race. We meant no offense, we genuinely thought Rocky was in the Green Party. Here's his written response clarifying his party affiliation:
I am 36 years old. I am currently unemployed and have been for almost an entire year. I understand how hard it is to be in my position and how hard it is to survive. I am at the bottom. I am not coming from a politician's background. I know the reality of how bad things are and I will fight for the people.
I am a conservative Republican. I am anti-tax. I am anti-spend. On the personal level, the city level, the state level and even on the Federal level, our nation is in debt and our economy is very sick, to say the least. As Dave Ramsey would say… our City needs to act its wage. I am committed to fueling our City's micro-economy. The City of San Diego is all that I am concerned with. I am committed to getting our fabulous City of San Diego out of debt and back in the black. I understand that we may need to make some hard choices, but at the same time, we need to fight for our police, for our fire fighters, for all that is San Diego. We need to fight for our libraries, our recreation facilities… all that is our identity… our way of life. We also need to do our utmost to honor the commitments made to those who faithfully served our great City and retired with distinction. I would like San Diego to truly be America's “Finest City” and THE destination of choice. I would ask the people of San Diego to look at our roads… to look at our infrastructure. We are paying an enormous amount of money in gas taxes. That money is supposed to go directly to our roads. I hardly ever see any work done. I would like to get to the bottom of where all of that money is going. I want the roads freshly paved, I want our roads freshly painted, I even want the dividers and curbs re-done. I want the trash picked up. I want our great city to sparkle. I would very much like to work with Governor Jerry Brown to facilitate this endeavor. Also, my heart goes out to the estimated 10,000 homeless people of the county of San Diego. I would like to offer half-way housing for them and to do everything in our power to help them to get back on their feet. With the hearts of San Diegans and with a budget of over 1 billion dollars this should be possible! I imagine a much brighter future for San Diego. We also need to do everything in our power to fight for the Chargers! The Chargers are San Diego! I would very much like to keep them here. I would advocate land incentives, anti-property tax incentives, anti-taxes of all kinds to foster and promote new business growth… bringing much needed jobs and revenue to our micro-economy. I am energetic, I am passionate and I will fight for the people of San Diego.
I was a Green for almost 10 years, but the local party has become so dysfunctional that I gave it up for Lent last year. They are caught in a 20th Century time loop, tabling at street fairs, gay pride parade; it is comfortable, safe and doesn't require much of a commitment. I have included my challenge to local Greens, which was featured on the Green Party United States website and got hundreds of responses from all over the nation but so infuriated the local Green clique that I was kicked off the list-serv. (A copy is below.) Many state-wide Greens want me to return to the Green Party in 2014 to run for Governor; but I am getting long-on-the tooth and don't really enjoy politics. My call - to be announced locally next week - to deny San Onofre its renewal permit is popular with state Greens.
...I tell my friends that I changed parties, so that I can vote for Dennis Kucinich, if he decides to run in the primaries...If Bob Filner runs, I may consider dropping out so I would not take one single vote away from him (including my own) which would let that tyrannical Iron Lady of San Diego, Bonnie Dumanis, win. If Bob sits down with a representative from the Renters Union and considers embracing some form of rent stabilization and considers the possibility of free public transportation - I won't run.
Here's the running list of candidates for all San Diego municipal races. ---