The election to replace Paul Miller as mayor of Simi Valley is this November. So far the two candidates are Bob Huber and Steve Sojka.
Rep. Elton Gallegly is holding a high priced fundraiser for Bob Huber. Click on continue reading to see the invitation and host committee. Having Rep. Elton Gallegly on his team appears to be a strong addition but after seeing what happened in two other recent races where the only two candidates were running we should question that assumption.
Linda Parks has been a Republican since 1996. She does support some Democratic causes including environmental issues. Democrats do respect her but I didn't expect the massive support for her until Audra Strickland declared and made it into a partisan campaign. Linda Parks became the de facto Democratic candidate .Democrats rallied around Linda Parks so much that it could be said Linda Parks is the best Democrat that progressives have in the Republican Party.
Dennis Carpenter on paper was a strong candidate. He has a career full of honors and achievements that should impress voters. He had the endorsement of the local Republican establishment too. That obviously helped him raise money and earned him votes but at what cost? Rival candidate Republican Geoff Dean became the de facto Democratic candidate. Many activist Democrats supported Geoff Dean because of the visible involvement of local Republican leaders. I even heard that Democratic Congressional nominee Tim Allison had a Geoff Dean bumper sticker on his car!
So, what does this have to do with Steve Sojka and Bob Huber? Both of the candidates are Republicans and will split the support of local Republicans. But which candidate will give Democrats a reason to work against them? Better yet, which candidate will reach out the best to local Democrats?
Sidenote: Rep. Gallegly if you have time to fundraise you should be able to finally fit a townhall into your schedule. Every other local Member of Congress, Republicans and Democrats, seem to be able to fit into scheduled events where local citizens don't have to pay or know someone to be able to ask you questions in public.