If you’re holding your breath to hear a well-known name, like, say, Karl Rove, well, exhale. Most people outside the world of politics probably haven’t heard of Don Sipple or Christy Setzer. But look at their resumes: Sipple worked on the ads for the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush and Bob Dole. And Setzer was one of the top press aides for Democratic Senator Chris Dodd’s recent White House bid.
Now, they join other big names at a local campaign in a relatively small town – where the prize is a job no more powerful than a single city council member. Local political consultant Doug Elmets says that’s unprecedented.
“We’ve seen statewide campaigns but nothing locally. I’m sure that there probably hasn’t really been anything locally like this in any city throughout the state of California or for that matter maybe even the nation.”
Meanwhile, incumbent mayor Heather Fargo has just one full-time staff member.