Councilor Cadigan got his keister clobbered by almost 40 points in this week's Eye Poll. Of course, the news about District Court Judge Ted Baca's decision excoriating the councilor's conduct regarding the Westside Equestrian Center and the Taylor Ranch Neighborhood Association broke about mid-week.
However, Lewis started out with the nod from a healthy 60% of Eye readers and never relenquised his lead. The numbers bode poorly for two-time Councilor Cadigan as his Westside constituents tend to be on the conservative side.
In our unscientific poll, Dan Lewis took 62% of the vote, Cadigan 26%, and Jeremy Toulouse 13% (view it here). To us it looks like Jeremy Toulouse is having an impact on Cadigan voters while Lewis is pulling the more conservative vote and the anti-Cadigan camp.
We're sure that these numbers will be considerably different on election night but the real question is are there enough undecided votes on the table for Cadigan to make up a 36 point difference?
This week we're taking a look at the other race that's in play - District 3. The Downtown district is currently held by Uber New Urbanist Isaac Benton who's being challenged by the more moderate former Councilor and County Commissioner Alan Armijo.
Not surprisingly, both candidates are Democrats but that's not what makes this race interesting. Since both men currently hold office, there isn't the name ID edge that normally goes to the incumbent. Councilor Benton has his hand in our pockets through public financing while Commissioner Armijo chose to go the old fashioned route and ask for financial support. But given the nature of District 3, we doubt that public financing will even end up being an issue.
We think that development or re-development will be come the issue around which the election will revolve. Councilor Benton has an unabashed New Urbanist belief system that seeks to take design choices away from private business and place them firmly in the hands of the city's planning department. Meanwhile, Armijo seems to be from the old school meaning that government should worry about parks and roads, not trollys and density.
So far, the race has been relatively quiet with most of the press going to the District 5 race now that Commissioner Brasher has withdrawn from the District 9 contest. We really don't know which way District 3 will go... but we're sure that it will be held by a Democrat. Don't forget to vote!