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Bob Dunning: Will it be an all-Davis final vote?

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From page A2 | May 14, 2013 |

AN ALL-DAVIS FINAL? … I suggested here Sunday that the 4th Assembly District — now being contested by Mayor Joe Krovoza, Mayor-in-Waiting Dan Wolk and a couple of guys nobody in town has heard of — was a safe Democratic district, which it is … and I further noted that it doesn’t really matter who the Republicans put up in the general election, the Democrat will win …

Of course, as my friend Rich is quick to point out, under California’s relatively new open primary system, two Democrats could theoretically square off in the general election if they turn out to be the top two vote-getters in the primary … the same for two Republicans, presumably, but don’t hold your breath for that eventuality …

Rich suggests that Wolk and Krovoza may indeed be the two who emerge from the primary, which is a Davis-centric way of looking at things … true enough, Davis is a voter-rich prize, but since all or parts of six counties make up the 4th District, being popular in Davis doesn’t guarantee you much, especially if two popular candidates are splitting the Davis vote …

Which brings me back to my original contention Sunday that it will indeed be a Republican and a Democrat who grab the top two spots in the primary … given that four Democrats will split that party’s vote in unpredictable ways, presumably the Republicans, clearly the minority party, will be smart enough to whittle their candidate pool down to just one, hoping to slip him or her into one of the top two spots in the primary … any other strategy will guarantee another Republican shutout …

With nearly enough Democrats in the race to field a decent basketball team, I suspect both parties will be represented in the general election …

SPEAKING OF PEOPLE NOBODY HAS HEARD OF … the other two Democrats in the race so far — yes, there may be more — are Lake County Supervisor Anthony Farrington and Napa County Planning Commissioner Matt Pope … how strong either turns out to be remains to be seen, but if Pope would just add “Francis” to his last name, he’s likely to sew up the Catholic vote in a landslide …

GENDER BIAS … given that there are now four boys in the race and no girls, I’m considering undergoing a sex-change operation and tossing my hat in the ring to pick up the female vote … forget the fat salary this position pays, I think I could live on the per diem, the medical benefits and ultimately the pension, even if they did recently take away the company car …

GRIME-RIDDEN DISTRICT … I’ll be happy to accompany candidate Dan Wolk on a campaign trip to Grimes to explain to residents there exactly what the term “pro-tem” means … “Hey, that dude from Davis says he’s on a ‘pro team.’ I wonder what sport he plays.” …

SPEAKING OF GRIMES … if Wolk and Krovoza and the rest of the boys hope to capture the all-important Grimes precinct, all I can say is they’d better quickly acquire a taste for Sacramento River sturgeon …

— Reach Bob Dunning at [email protected]

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