Watching the City Council race is interesting for the political chattering class as its really hard to say who will win and what message voters will send.
Even for those of us not on the ballot, there is a significance in the upcoming primary as its a window into the soul of voters.
There are positive aspects of the record of the current Council that suggest reelection is likely, but there is also a lingering air of discontent over matters like the "roommate law", a story that still generates more comment in my circle that anything else in the news of City Hall in the past year.
That's why challengers like Stephen Jennings are running a say nothing campaign and let the race be a referendum on the incumbents. Good strategy if the supposition is true that voters are itching for change.
Conventional wisdom is that Macaluso, Smith and Jennings make it through the primary along with one of the three others. The final four compete for two seats in November.
If that's true, then order of finish and turnout will be pivotal.
If either of the incumbents is eliminated in the primary, that would be a validation of the claim voters want change.
Meanwhile, there is one forum slated for September 5 with all six attending.
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