We are sitting exactly one week from the mayoral primary and now it’s time to start making some decisions on your vote. Whether you want to know or not, my vote next week for mayor is going to David Pandori. I have come to this decision because I feel we need a tough, yet principled leader who will take San Jose where it should have been years ago, and restore pride and trust in our city government. This will not be an easy task—being that the Gonzales regime probably stripped most of the honor and trust out of the mayor’s office—but I feel that Pandori can restore that pride and trust for us, while also getting things done.
In my eyes, a good leader is someone who says the difficult things when they need to be said and also has a plan to make things better. Pandori actually wrote a book about what needs to be done, so it gives me faith that he has a plethora of ideas—and they are good ones at that. Better parks, safer streets, stopping unneeded development and revitalizing downtown are all ideas I can get behind.
If we end up with Chavez, Cortese and Reed as our next mayor, I am afraid, though they are very different people than Ron Gonzales, that we might be in store for “more of the same.” We will get lots of talk about making San Jose better and little action because none of those people have proven they can rise to the task and make things happen. However, I feel that Cindy Chavez becoming mayor would be the most catastrophic of all. I feel that I could learn to live with the others if they are elected, but not Chavez. She exemplifies what is wrong with the current administration; she says all the right things and makes you believe she is on your side, but when it really comes down to it, I feel she mainly gives lip service. The last thing we need is four more years of lip service.
Mulcahy, on the other hand, could be a good politician someday. Who knows, he could surprise me and be a really good mayor. I just don’t know if I have the time or the patience to wait and see if that will happen. And I don’t think our city has the time to wait and see either. It’s possible that he would be a great council member—where he could learn more about the way a city is run—and he might have the qualities of a good leader someday, but not now.
So, when you are going to the polls next week or filling out your absentee ballot this week, think about if you have the time to wait for our city to become what you want it to be. And then think about who will take us there the quickest and who can be trusted. For me, it’s David Pandori in a landslide.