Well I was for about a day but changed my mind. Why? It's 2016 and an election year. I can't resist the opportunity to write about the upcoming Presidential election and related elections for Congress and the Senate. One of our Senators is retiring. I'm sure I don't need to say who it is, but it is Barbara Boxer. Boxer is considered a liberal, so it will be interesting to see who replaces her and how that might change California's direction in the Senate.
Our Congressman, Eric Swalwell, is running for his third term. He has been moving up in the Democrat ranks in DC. Now that he is a solid incumbent he will be more difficult to beat. I don't know who his opponent will be, or even if he will have a serious Democrat or Republican contender.
We have a San Ramon City election coming up too. If it seems awhile since the last City election, that's because we switched from odd years to even years in 2013, and this is the first even year election since San Ramon switched to odd years after the city was incorporated
Mayor Bill Clarkson is up for reelection this year. In 2003 the Mayor's office was changed from being rotated among City Council members to an elected office limited to four two year terms. Clarkson has served two terms, and can run again two more times.
Our local elections were changed from odd years to even years in 2013. It seems longer ago than that, but 2016 is the first time in over 30 years the Mayor and City Council members will face an election in an even year.
It's hard to believe we just switched to even years, which is why the Mayor and City Council members served an extra year. This year the Mayor and City Council members will be elected to their regular two or four year terms. So with such an important election in San Ramon this year, I will continue writing my blogs until the end of 2016. Then I'll be ready to retire my blog and hang up my hat.