UPDATE: Feb. 14, 2018 — The Union Democrat is reporting that the Calaveas Board of Supervisors, citing concerns about possible litigation, has declined to put any measures regarding Commercial Marijuana on the June ballot.
This changes the racetrack. As indicated in the article below, the Supervisor’s latest decision has again changed the prospects for all the candidates. We will be updating the Election Update, so check back soon.
Feb. 9, 2018
With the possible placement by the Board of Supervisors of ballot measures relating to Regulating or Banning commercial marijuana for the June election, a real wrench was thrown into previous analysis of the possible election match-ups….
In fact, the elections for Supervisor and Sheriff have essentially turned into a NASCAR auto race at Pocono Raceway. Pocono is a triangular track famous for being fast and tricky with three separate ‘lanes,’ or routes around the track, that depending on your car, can all get you across the finish line first.
So, if you want to be a Supervisor or the Sheriff, you must pick a lane to run in. But unlike NASCAR, in politics changing lanes in the middle of the race is usually fatal.
Lane 1 is the inside lane. It is the Ban Commercial Marijuana Lane. It’s the shortest distance to victory but has the sharpest curves and you have to guard against spinning out. Winning from Lane 1 requires maneuverability. It’s likely to come in at least second.
Lane 2 is the middle lane. It is the grudging, pragmatic Regulation of Commercial Marijuana Lane. It is the promise of a happy medium between Lane 1 and Lane 3. It requires a blend of horsepower and maneuverability. The danger is getting squeezed in by those running in Lanes 1 and 3. In Lane 2 you have to work hard to come in at least second, but if successful, you’re the favorite to win the Main Event – the General Election.
Lane 3 is the outside lane. It is the enthusiastic, friendly embrace of Commercial Marijuana Regulations Lane. It is the longest distance to victory, but you don’t have to turn the wheel as much and you can stay on the gas more than in Lanes 1 and 2. This means you need horsepower to win from Lane 3. The thing to watch out for in Lane 3 is running into the wall. Lane 3 has a 50-50 chance to finish at least second but would be an underdog in the Main Event General Election. Click for Complete Article