Now whittled down to three candidates — Maria Cano, Antonio Sanchez, and Monica Ratliff — the race for the East Valley’s District 6 features a cast of relative unknowns endorsed by the teachers union.
However, one of them — newcomer Antonio Sanchez — is the front-runner by virtue of the additional endorsements and independent expenditure (IE) committees that have lined up behind him.
“We might be the only ones to have a campaign,” says campaign consultant Mike Shimpcock. “It’s not like any of the other candidates stand out.”
The three will have their first real chance to introduce themselves to the public at tonight’s candidate forum, which will take place at 5:30 PM at the Boys and Girls Club of San Fernando Valley in Pacoima (see flyer here).
If Sanchez make a positive impression tonight — without alienating his delicate coalition of supporters — he could very well win enough votes to avoid a runoff.