So far, there is only one other candidate in the running for District
2 -- Steven Rosansky, a real estate and mortgage broker.
There are three council seats up for grabs this year. They are
currently held by John Noyes, Tom Thomson and Debay, who is termed out
and will not be running for reelection.
Months before residents could take applications to run for City
Council, Debay had been scouting and talking to potential candidates with
little luck. The situation prompted her to make an announcement at a
recent council meeting, inviting political hopefuls to throw their names
in the hat.
Proctor and Rosansky are newcomers to city politics -- a difficult
situation for both, with the political season already in full swing and
the community split between dueling traffic initiatives set to appear on
the November ballot.
So far, Rosansky has not taken a stand on either of the measures,
saying he needs more time to study the issue.
The Greenlight initiative proposes to let voters have the final say on
certain major developments. It has succeeded in turning recent council
meetings into forums pitting council members and developers against
community activists and environmentalists.
A countermeasure, the Traffic Phasing initiative, proposes to
permanently add the city's traffic relief law, which requires developers
to pay for certain road improvements, to the city charter. If approved by
voters, the measure would also nullify the Greenlight initiative.