Harry Thomas Jr. is Gone. So, What's Next?
The law calls for a special election after 114 days. I expect this to be a pretty packed field (sort of like a while back when we had 12 candidates). Here's what happening right now with possible candidates (partly cribbed from various Twitter feeds, but also something I've been working on).
Tim Day (I'm assuming)
Mark Jones (State Board of Education Member for Ward 5)
Drew Hubbard (identified by Mike Debonis as a Council Staffer)
Kathy Pearson West
Robert Vinson Brannum
So, this could be a big field. There's a movement out there that seems like it wants to handpick a candidate, or a small number of candidates to fill this seat. I'm going to go ahead and say that's a TERRIBLE idea. Those kinds of political games put Harry Thomas in office in the first place. So, I'm really not happy when I see things like this tweet from Mike DeBonis "Vincent Orange announces he's hosting 'meeting of the leadership in Ward 5' next Monday, 7 p.m. at Israel Baptist Church." Hmm.