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.