2001-06-30 / Columnists

Failte by James Conway Sullivan

Failte by James Conway Sullivan

Well, there are a few new developments in our City Council race First and foremost, Dr. Geraldine Chapey, the thoroughbred of the pack, never released an announcement for her possible candidacy, thus eliminating herself from the race.

That leaves Lew Simon, (who saved us from the all-night video store on Beach 116 Street), Joe Addabbo of the mainland, Chris Jorge, Palmer Doyle, and Rob Curran as the announced candidates for the Democratic primary fight.

The Republican field also has narrowed leaving Joann Ariola, republican leader, and attorney John Macron to slug it out in the GOP primary.

But as all the prospective candidates near the signature filing date, a preliminary separating the "men from the boys" or survival of the fittest has begun. Only candidates with a few bucks and a real organization and volunteers can survive this grueling signature process. I see Simon and Addabbo as definitely securing the signatures and advancing in the sweepstakes. Palmer Doyle might (with real UFA support, if it’s really there) also enter the sweeps. I realistically don’t see Chris Jorge and Rob Curran getting this far, but anything is possible. We could all be surprised.

I must add, however, that I met the first person who admitted they would possibly vote for Curran! So hopes, like dreams, spring eternal.

Lew is a good local candidate with a solid record or perception of community activism but he’s still his own biggest enemy. Lew has to learn to always tell the truth because he is under such scrutiny now that he’s trying to enter the major leagues. If he can do that, and no major scandals about him erupt, he has a good chance!

Joe Addabbo’s fortunes are largely tied to voter turnout on the mainland. Ariola seems like a sure bet on the Republican side, provided she’s not implicated in the current GOP scandals around town. But, all in all, it appears to be an interesting horse race.

Please stay tuned. The best quality candidate, Dr. Chapey, didn’t run, and that is a loss to our community.


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