Are you guys getting excited about the Mayoral election yet? Yeah, me neither. I’ve been to three candidate forums so far, and I’m still finding myself completely underwhelmed by all the candidates. And more bored with the whole thing after each one I attend. I wish real politics in real life was as entertaining as it is in the comics.
For example, in Mark Trail right now, Mark’s neighbor recently erected a giant fence around his property for reasons nobody understood. That is, until he explained it all to his wife, which is that he is planning to run for Governor of whatever State the Lost Forest is in, and in order to boost his chances of winning, he has imported a bunch of tamed exotic animals to his house so he can invite all his politically connected friends over for a big game hunt, which will prove to them that he’s Governor material. Don’t worry too much about the animals, though. The dude’s wife is a tattletale, and has alerted Mark Trail to his nefarious scheme.
Elsewhere on the funnies page, Rex Morgan, M.D. has recently diagnosed that town’s Mayor with prostate cancer. The Mayor doesn’t want to tell anyone because he thinks that his health problems could cost him the election, and he can’t afford to lose because then he won’t have health insurance anymore. Unfortunately for the Mayor, someone’s got other plans for him, and has leaked the news of his condition to the local paper. Luckily, the local political editor is a stand-up guy and also a cancer survivor, so he’s not going to bother informing the public that the Mayor is sick. Presumably, the mysterious figure behind the leak is not going to be deterred from ruining the Mayor’s campaign, and will soon send the information to some unethical blogger, who will publish it without a second thought.
Secret backyard safaris? Media conspiring with candidates to conceal serious medical conditions? Why can’t we get some of that intrigue up in here? Those are way better than taking advantage of loopholes in campaign finance laws.
Anyway, here’s a few upcoming opportunities to hear from the candidates:
Tomorrow, the Oakland Climate Action Coalition will be sponsoring a Mayoral Forum focused on Green Jobs and Climate Action at the Oakland Museum Theater. Details:
Tuesday, September 14th, 7:00-9:00 PM
Doors open at 6:30 PM
Oakland Museum Theater
1000 Oak Street
I know it’s short notice for the forum tomorrow. If you can’t make it, don’t worry – you’ll have plenty of opportunities to hear the candidates speak over the next few months. In particular, I’m looking forward to the forum on Thursday, September 23rd sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, the Oakland Tribune, and the Bay Area Business Roundtable. At this forum, the candidates will be questioned by a panel of local journalists, including Randy Shandobil from KTVU, Alex Gronke from The Oakbook, and Oakland Tribune columnist Tammerlin Drummond. The discussion will be moderated by Oakland Tribune editor Martin Reynolds. Details:
Thursday, September 23rd, 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Kaiser Center Auditorium
300 Lakeside Drive
And of course, there’s other things to vote on this November besides the Mayor’s race. Jean Quan has vacated her District 4 Council seat to run for Mayor, and seven people are running to replace her: Libby Schaaf, Jill Broadhurst, Clinton Killian, Jason Gillen, Ralph Kanz, Daniel Swafford, and Melanie Shelby. They’ll all be on hand to answer your questions at a forum this Thursday, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the Laurel Village Association, the Dimond Improvement Association, Melrose High Hopes NCPC, and the MacArthur Metro. Details:
Thursday, September 16th, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Fruitvale Presbyterian Church
2735 MacArthur Boulevard
In other election related excitement, Jean Quan got herself a little music video to promote her campaign. It’s no Farouk is on Fire, but points for effort.