Thursday, March 5, 2015

Another Mayoral Candidate?

Rumors are floating around the political circuit that Steve Noble may not run for Mayor, but that his uncle, Alderman-at-Large, Jim Noble, is considering a run.  Admittedly, I have not gotten confirmation of this, though the rumors are everywhere.

What would this mean?

Well, certainly Jim Noble would be a much stronger candidate.  He would have a chance of getting the nomination from the City Committee.  The resulting primary would be competitive, though Gallo would still likely win.  Jim's candidacy is much more of a threat though than Steve.

Next question -- will he run?  I personally doubt it.  I have known Jim Noble since I was a young boy.  Jim and my Dad were friends and both played on the Hibernian softball team known as the lean, mean, green, Irish machine.  I consider Jim Noble to be a good man.

All of that being said, I think Jim would hate being Mayor.  The day to day budget grind, the constant pressure, and 24/7 schedule would be something I think he would despise.  Being Alderman-at-Large requires responsibility and character, but the position is truly part-time.  Being Mayor never stops.

I could be completely off base, but my thought is that Jim is at a point in his life where he enjoys being Alderman-at-Large and being involved in politics part-time. I would be frankly surprised if he opts to jump in full-time.

Only time will tell.  All I know is that 2015 may turn out to be a fascinating political year.


Anonymous said...

Why would you say that Gallo would beat Jim Noble. Noble has always received more votes than Sottile and Gallo. Run Jim.

Richard T. Cahill Jr. said...


True, except he usually ran unopposed or against week competition. The one time when he had a candidate who ran hard, there was no continuity from the other side's Mayoral candidate to help.

Lastly, it is one thing to run as second banana. It is quite another to be at the top of the city ticket.