By Anon OB Observer
Comments here represent my personal political analysis (not those of the OB Rag) and are certainly not meant to offend….only to instigate some discussion and hopefully improve the political process and representation in our little hamlet. As always…. I welcome any of the Board to comment or offer a counter if they disagree.
There were 5 representatives from Districts 1,2,4,5,6 elected in the general election. There were no candidates in Districts 3 or 7. District 1 was the only contested election and the incumbent lost in a very low turnout affair. Overall it was a dismally low turnout for voting.
One of the appointed members from last year was again appointed but to a different District (Therkalson, 3), which then leaves District 7 (south OB) with a vacancy.
Both Tom and Jane Gawronski (married) ran as write-in candidates to the ballot and were both relected but to different Districts. They formerly both served in Dist 6 where I believe they reside.
There was no controversy and very little campaigning – seeing as how there were hardly any candidates.
Officer elections was uneventful. Although the vote was by secret ballot this year (which is allowed for the election of officers), it had been by raised hand in the past. Although Ingolia and Watson were easily re-elected as Chair and Vice-Chair -, my sources indicate that the OBMA favors Ingolia and not necessarily Watson – although he was re-elected as vice chairman in a landslide vote against returning district rep Tom Gawronski. Gawronski had been termed out and by the rules had to sit out for a year. He ran this year in District 1 – where he apparently owns property.
The vacancy in District 7 is only somewhat perplexing in that only a few months ago a group of people from that very District stormed down to the planning board meeting behind Julie Klein (OBMA) to protest the VFW move from Newport to the old deli on Ebers and Pt Loma Ave. Not surprising that they wouldn’t find someone to fill the seat after seeing that they chose Zuchette as their front man for the protest to that issue.
Look for plenty of support to any initiatives from the business community over the next term. I’ve never seen a board so heavily slighted to the business community and most specifically sympathetic to the OBMA. Not that there was any real campaigning or even a thorough candidate forum to uncover the facts, but my assessment is that there is a severe void of support to the community members of OB as no board members currently sitting are NOT completely attached to the Town Council or OBMA is some obvious fashion. Somehow the community has really lost some balance here and failed to elect a candidate to represent any interest other than the interest of selling booze and food to OBceans.
On Ingolia – rumour has it that Claudia Jack has him as the heir apparent to the Chair of the Tree Committee – which would clearly indicate where his allegiances line up. Look for issues and votes from this board and under this leadership to continue in line with what the OBMA wants done in the community. Shame that we can’t get some representation for all of us little people citizens out here.