Saturday, January 26, 2008

Mayoral Race

Already getting interesting.

Johnson vs. Fargo? Speculation swirls
Ex-NBA star's possible challenge to mayor gets lots of abrupt attention.
By Terri Hardy -
Published 12:08 am PST Saturday, January 26, 2008

Nothing electrifies a political town like the abrupt possibility of a high-profile figure entering a race once thought to be locked down by the incumbent.

And so it was in certain circles in Sacramento on Friday as chat sites, cell phones and a great many lunch conversations swirled with the news that former NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson is "seriously considering" a challenge to Mayor Heather Fargo in the June mayoral primary.

Suddenly, a campaign that had been shaping up as a dull, by-the-numbers re-coronation of Fargo had become very interesting indeed.

"Everybody's talking about it," said Shawn Eldridge, a contractor and midtown activist. "Kevin Johnson has money, he's articulate and he has power, so this is a real challenge. Fargo's vulnerable."