Hilary Hodge, The Union’s featured columnist on Tuesday, announced in today’s column that she’s going to drop the column and run for public office. (Maybe that’s why they put a new mug shot on her column a couple of months ago.) She’ll announce what office she’s seeking at a later date.
That leads to the obvious question: What office will she seek? (Before I go any farther, let me state that I have no inside knowledge. All I know is what I read in today’s edition of The Union. I have never met or talked to her, although we do have a tenuous connection: Two of my nieces graduated from the same high school she did, but that’s a subject for another day.)
Her column didn’t provide many clues that would indicate what office she will seek. She cited the call of The Union’s publisher for more people to run for office, and griped about the lack of respect non-profits get from the powers that be. That’s a pretty slim platform for seeking office.
Hodge resides in Grass Valley, and that gives her two opportunities to seek office next year. Dan Miller has said he will seek reelection as supervisor, and the seats of Jason Fouyer and Ben Aguilar on the Grass Valley City Council will be on the ballot.
Taking on Miller would be a tough mountain to climb. He is well entrenched with the local power structure, isn’t the kind of guy who goes out of his way to annoy people, and will have plenty of money to seek reelection if he is challenged.
On the other hand, he hasn’t done much since getting elected to office. In a review of a his year as chairman of the supes, he took credit for the tax increase to fund library services–something the voters actually approved. Miller also backed Measure W, reportedly saying at least once that you have to be stupid not to vote for it. Apparently there are a lot of stupid people in the county.
Hodge has a better shot at getting elected to the Grass Valley council, particularly to Aguilar’s seat. He’s never been tested by the voters because he was appointed to fill the vacancy created when Terry Lamphier resigned less than a week after being sworn it. Based on the accounts of council meeting in The Union, he doesn’t say much and hasn’t shown much inclination to lead.
City council is also a good entry point for somebody seeking office for the first time, and it wouldn’t hurt to get a genuine lefty on the council (although she would probably be as effective as Heidi Hall is on the Board of Supervisors).
Run Hilary, run.