|Will slick mailers like this be more influential for voters than the candidates spoken words on actual issues and ideas?|
Will money overwhelm ideas, issues? One last forum for voters to get uncluttered view
In the last few days mailers for Elk Grove City Council Member and mayoral candidate Gary Davis started to appear in voters mailboxes. While mailers are de rigueur in most political campaigns, for Elk Grove voters, Davis's mailer could be the only mayoral mailer they will receive from the field of six candidates.
Not surprisingly Davis, with the exception of possible his city council colleague Sophia Scherman, is probably the only one of the six candidates to have the type of money required to blanket area mailboxes. As was previously reported, Davis has amassed $85,000 this year alone.
For this year his opponents combined have amassed $39,458 or about 45 percent of Davis' total. Further, of the $39,458 raised by Davis' opponents, $18,890 are loans primarily from the candidates to their respective campaign.
Exclusive of the personal loans, Davis' opponents raised $20,568, or about 25 percent of Davis' total. For his part, Davis has not made any personal loans to his campaign this year.
While each of the six candidates have ideas and issues that are important to them, will Davis' overwhelming financial punch be too much for his opponents to overcome? Without the resources to match Davis, will they be able to reach out and convey their message to voters in a meaningful way?
To this end, voters will have one more opportunity to see all six candidates up close and personal next Wednesday as the Fallbrook Neighborhood Assoc. will hold the fourth and final mayoral forum of this election season (More details here.).
We urge voters to attend Fallbrook's forum and make their decision based on what candidates have to say, not how much or how little money they have amassed.