The portion of the Democrats I refer to as Anti-Gallocrats were hoping that Jim Noble would run for Mayor. They will have a candidate named Noble, but not the one they wanted. Steve Noble, the city zookeeper (with a title of Environmental Educator or some PC name like that) announced earlier tonight that he is running for Mayor.
The Democrats who support Gallo must be very happy that Uncle Jim decided not to run. Though Gallo would have beaten him in the primary, the elder Noble likely would have taken the nomination first much like Hayes Clement did almost 4 years ago.
There are a few questions that now remain.
First, will Uncle Jim run as his nephew's running mate? This in and of itself creates questions. Would a Noble-Noble ticket confuse some voters and thus cost votes? Would some people think that having two family members on the same ticket to be wrong? Would Jim Noble, as the more experienced and frankly stronger candidate over shadow his young nephew? As of now, Jim Noble has not stated his intentions.
Second, other than being anti-Gallo, what else is Steve Noble running on? What is his plan? Environmentalism is all well and good, but more is required to run this city.
Third, how will Steve Noble and his campaign deal with the numerous political liabilities that will no doubt involve themselves in his campaign simply because they hate Shayne Gallo? There is no question that these individuals (and we all know who they are) will try to insert themselves into the campaign. Noble has to find away to keep them away. Will he be able to do so without create a public fiasco? Others have been unable to avoid these political blood suckers.
Fourth, (and I have asked this already), who will be Shayne Gallo's running mate? I have been suggesting Jeanette Provenzano. Now, rumbles are beginning to surface that she might consider it under certain circumstances, i.e. if Jim Noble does not run. This may mean that despite the potential perils of 2 people with the same name on the ticket, Steve may ask Uncle Jim to keep Jeanette out of the race.
Fifth and finally, what answer will Steve give when reporters and/or citizens ask about him being his spouse's boss? If Steve were to win, he would be his wife's boss. Obviously, this creates political and personal issues.
As I have said before, 2015 will be a very interesting year.