Santa Monica Lookout
|Santa Monica Council Incumbent Says He Deserves SMRR’s Support||
By Jonathan Friedman
August 1, 2016 -- For the fourth consecutive year, the Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) convention that determines important endorsements concluded with a cliffhanger on the City Council race.
Melkonians was eliminated from contention, and a final third round between O’Day and Kennedy finished with both candidates again below the threshold, O'Day received two more votes than Kennedy.
This means SMRR’s steering committee could be deciding who will fill the fourth slot on the slate.
O’Day told The Lookout after the convention that he should get the nod.
Kennedy was less direct in how she felt the steering committee’s decision should go.
“I am confident that the steering committee will make an informed decision, and I would be honored to receive their support if they choose to add me to their slate,” she told The Lookout.
SMRR’s backing is significant, giving a candidate well-funded campaign support from the powerful political organization that has been the major player in local politics for nearly 40 years.
“I am honored and grateful to have the SMRR endorsement,” Davis told The Lookout. “Although the convention was lengthy, I was proud to see SMRR's democratic process and tradition on display.
Winterer wrote in an email, “I'm delighted to once again have SMRR's endorsement and to have my work in my first term on the council validated by a vote of the membership at the convention.”
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