Mayor Rybak, blog post by John Hoff
Not very long at all after I'd pressed the PUBLISH button on a blog post about the five possible city council candidates in Ward 5, I heard from one upset resident of the Jordan Neighborhood.
Why, this resident wanted to know, was Cathy Spann talking about running? She's only just been hired recently to run JACC as Executive Director, and being the "ED" requires a lot of time, energy, and focus. This is (the resident felt) inconsistent with running for city council.
...(the resident continued) running for office requires a person to say and do political things. An executive director needs to be above politics and answerable to the board of JACC. So, in summary, WTF is Cathy Spann doing talking about running? IF SHE WAS PLANNING TO PULL SOMETHING LIKE THIS WHY DIDN'T SHE SAY SO DURING THE HIRING PROCESS WHICH WAS NOT THAT LONG AGO?
Reading up about Cathy Spann, click here, and her foreclosure and attempts to recover from the tornado, she seems a LIKABLE person but not somebody who inspires confidence. Spann appears like somebody who is, well, just starting to get her life together. This doesn't make her qualified to lead the entire Fifth Ward.
Spann isn't even officially RUNNING yet and it already sounds like she has "stepped in it" with the JACC board.
Being the executive director of JACC is a logical jumping off point for a run at the Fifth Ward council seat, but in this case Spann should have looked before she leaped. Or, well, before she mentioned to everybody she was THINKING of leaping into the race.