Every municipal election season is eventually dominated by some issue that, by way of some alchemy, becomes what pols latch onto as their driving force.
This year, “the budget” is clearly the main focus of the campaign, but as an amorphous issue, it’s not tangible enough to be easily defined and handled by candidates.
But with the pools effort, candidates may have found their issue—a divisive issue that directly effects and resonates with voters; and one that it’s easy to define a position on.
Today, Rick Rushton proposed a three-pool plan; that comes a few weeks after Mayoral candidate Joe O’Brien decried the lack of action in building pools. (The other mayoral candidates don’t quite see it the same way: Kate Toomey has said she wants more discussion, while Konnie Lukes said on Tuesday she didn’t like the idea of spending so much taxpayer money without more thought).
Either way, pools activists – who have been effective at getting the issue into the media over the past several months – have been gathering up supporters over the past few days, and are expected to have a large presence at next week’s City Council meeting where, it is almost a certainty, they will be pandered to by at least a few councilors and candidates.