Having finally spoken to all of the candidates, I have made a decision to support Doron Clark for city council, and will be voting for him on the first ballot. Although I was a huge fan of Jose Velez, I believe in the end that Doron has an energy, an enthusiasm and a determination that puts him just ahead of Jose and through that one my support.
It was a very difficult decision to come to. Frankly, after meeting Jose for coffee a few weeks ago I was ready not just to vote for him, but to ask him for a job as well. His vision for the community was compelling and I wanted to be a part of it.
But I feel both men are equally qualified. Endorsements began to matter more to me, and then intangibles became a bigger and bigger factor.
Friday morning, I found a note in my door that Doron had stopped by door knocking the night before. Saturday, I found him at my door again. I was letting in a group of women for a bachelorette party I was hosting and he was on my doorstep. I offered him an anatomically correct cookie, and he pointed out to the women entering that he was, in fact, not the stripper for the party. I introduced him to one woman and said "She's in your district, too."
"I'm Doron Clark and I'm running for City Council," he said, offering his hand to shake.
Not many people can wander into a situation like that and be completely unphased. If he has that kind of calm and humor in the face of the unexpected, I think he will do wonderfully handling big personalities, budget crises and other calamities in the office.
So today, I am happy to announce myself as a supporter, and hope you will consider supporting him as well.