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Council Races: early endorsing

There’s still a week to go before the filing deadline for candidates in the mayoral and at-large City Council races, but Councilman Matt Kelly has already endorsed incumbent Mayor Tom Tomzak via his blog.

Kelly points out that both Tomzak and his opponent, Councilwoman Debby Girvan, worked in support of his opponent, John Harris, in the 2006 council ward elections. Still, Kelly says, "Whether the vote has gone his way or not Dr. Tomzak understands that maintaining a good relationships with members of the Council is crucial if we are to be successful in overcoming the challenges we face. … He wants to work towards solutions– not the next campaign issue."  

This endorsement should not come as much of a surprise, since Kelly was standing on the steps of City Hall behind Tomzak when he announced he was running for mayor (the only sitting council member to do that). George Solley said on the radio a few weeks ago that he looks forward to Tomzak’s re-election. I’ve got calls out to the three other non-mayoral-candidate council members to see if they’re going to take sides on this. Marvin Dixon has already said he’s staying silent for now, especially since the filing deadline hasn’t passed yet.