I posted earlier about word that city council member Peter Steinbrueck’s going to endorse Venus Velázquez at her campaign kickoff tonight. Got him on the horn to find out why.
Steinbrueck says he’s choosey about putting his name behind people, but that he’s been interested in Velázquez’s career for some time. He says she was at the top of his “short list” for the appointment to Jim Compton’s seat in 2005. (The position now held by council member Sally Clark.)
“I interviewed her extensively for that process. I know that she hasn’t charmed everyone and that she’s made some enemies in the past,” he says. “But her strengths to me far outweigh grudges that some express. There’s no other candidate that I think comes close to measuring up to her credentials, her work experience, her proven commitment in the community."
See my earlier post for who else is running. Also important, says Steinbrueck, is that Velázquez shares his commitment to families with school-age children. “I don’t think the council has been particularly strong in that area. That’s been a focus of my efforts there. I think she’ll be very effective in working with the school district.”
Though her war chest was about half that of Bruce Harrell’s at the end of April, Steinbrueck calls Velázquez the frontrunner, adding that she can win his seat without the big money.