By Leon Thompson
Photo, left to right: John Minto, Rob McNelis, Maggie Acerra, Ronn Hall, Keshav Damoor
September 11, 2014 (Santee) – Santee City Council candidates introduced themselves to the Santee Mobile Home Owners Association on Saturday, drawing sharp distinctions betweenchallengers who seek to represent citizens, youth, and smart growth vs. incumbents on a council long dominated by business and development interests.
Mobile home owners make up more than 10% percent of registered Santee voters and they turn out to vote in huge percentages. Mobile home owners tend to be engaged and well informed, leading to some very pointed questions.
Two incumbents and three challengers are running for three seats on the Council. Council member John Ryan will not be running for reelection, leaving one seat open.