However Cianci’s late entrance into the race modified every part, and most of Windfall’s powerbrokers coalesced behind Jorge Elorza, who gave voters a transparent alternative between the outdated guard and the longer term. It was an unfortunate break for Solomon, who nonetheless gained 43.5 % of the vote.
Flash ahead seven years.
Solomon, 64, is wrapping up a sleepy tenure as Elorza’s high financial improvement man, and he’s gearing up for an additional run for mayor. He reactivated his marketing campaign account this week, and deposited $250,000 of his personal cash to point out that he’s severe about operating in subsequent 12 months’s major.
“There’s no frontrunner on this race, however there’s just one particular person with a monitor file — and that’s me,” Solomon, who served two phrases on the council, instructed me this week.
He’s proper. With greater than a 12 months earlier than the first, there isn’t any clear-cut favourite for the open seat, and Elorza can’t run once more due to time period limits.
However three candidates have been elevating cash and constructing help for a number of months, and they’re all displaying indicators that they’re in it for the lengthy haul: Brett Smiley, Gonzalo Cuervo, and Councilwoman Nirva LaFortune.
Of the three, Smiley has probably the most cash and administration expertise, Cuervo has numerous Latino help and the perfect grasp of metropolis politics, and LaFortune is just one who has truly gained an election earlier than. Plus, LaFortune has the chance to be Windfall’s first Black mayor and first feminine mayor, a narrative that could be too good for the voters to go up.
Nonetheless, Solomon may throw a wrench into everybody’s plans.
He spent each penny of the $327,000 of his personal cash that he loaned his 2014 marketing campaign, and is greater than keen to spend that form of cash once more this time round. He gained the South Aspect of Windfall in opposition to Elorza in 2014. And he served two phrases on the council, together with as president.
Solomon will possible attempt to paint himself because the grownup within the room, a President Joe Biden-type candidate who’s extra progressive than voters notice, however gained’t be becoming a member of the “defund the police” motion anytime quickly.
His cash and expertise counsel that there’s a spot for him on this race, however Solomon is aware of he isn’t beginning out as the favourite, both.
Seven years is a very long time in native politics, and there are many voters who’ve by no means heard of the Solomon household (his dad was state treasurer and the Democratic nominee for governor in 1984). Of the 24,629 Windfall residents who voted within the 2014 Democratic major, solely 18,200 are nonetheless registered to vote within the metropolis.
He’s additionally going to be pressured to weigh in on points which might be outdoors his consolation zone, like police division reform and Elorza’s plans for a common revenue program and reparations for residents of African heritage and Indigenous folks.
There was no public polling on the race, and it will be arduous to consider any of the candidates have numerous identify recognition at this level. Solomon plans to go away his metropolis job within the coming months, and he’ll have veteran pollster John Della Volpe conduct a non-public ballot in September.
Politicians generally tend to discover a silver lining it doesn’t matter what inner polls present, so it will be arduous to consider that Solomon gained’t see a path to victory.
And with no Cianci to stroll by the door (or criticize everybody on the radio), it’s nonetheless anybody’s race.