Mayor Tom Richards has a decision to make. In the coming months he has to determine if he’ll run for his first full term as mayor. He won a special election last year and his term expires in 2013. This is what he told me in a report I did for 13WHAM:
“I’m the kind of guy who quite frankly never learned how not to work. That’s pretty much what I’ve done my whole life. I don’t have a lot of hobbies. I don’t play golf. But that’s something to think about. You want to make sure you’re healthy and vigorous enough to do this job. I think I am. It certainly takes that. There are other issues with my family and so forth I have to think about. This is a show up job…And if you do it there are consequences for the people around you.”
I think Richards will run. He held a $1,000-a-ticket fundraiser last week. But if he decides he wants to retire and spend more time with his family, you can expect a free-for-all in 2013.
I imagine the race would be like the one in 1993. Bill Johnson, head of the Urban League, emerged from a field of six Democrats to win the primary. It was considered an upset. The race would almost certainly be settled in a September Democratic primary, because of the city’s overwhelming Democratic enrollment.
Who would run? I have no idea. I expect City Council members Lovely Warren, Elaine Spaull and Dana Miller would be in the mix. Perhaps Molly Clifford would enter the fray. Former mayoral candidates Tim Mains and Wade Norwood could come out the of woodwork. School board members Jose Cruz and Malik Evans could jump in.
Or we could see someone out of the box. Bill Johnson, Bob Duffy and Tom Richards were not politicians before they were elected mayor. I have a feeling we’d be in for a surprise.
Links of the Day:
– An Ontario County supervisor wants people to set aside their “landfill hysteria.”
– A Buffalo FBI agent is busted for driving without pants.
– A judge refuses to send back to prison a Buffalo man who has leukemia and wants free health care.
– No one knows who invited former governor David Paterson to a party at Destiny USA.
– There’s a new way to light roundabouts, making them safer for cars and pedestrians.
– Cities want to attract young people, but do they really listen to what they want?
– On this day in 1901, there was a bizarre sidewalk collapse on South Ave.