FRANK JAGER: Reluctant candidate
Eureka City Councilman Frank Jager is looking to abandon his elected post halfway through a four-year term in hopes of becoming the city’s next mayor.
Multiple sources say some Jager supporters who worked to elect him in 2008 are upset by the move which would give up a voting position on the council for a largely ceremonial one.
Jager himself is rumored to be reluctant about playing musical chairs but felt pressured by local king-maker Matthew Owen, who successfully worked to elect Jager in 2008 and Harbor Commissioner Richard Marks in 2009. Owen’s wife, current mayor Virginia Bass, pulled a strong showing in June’s primary race for Humboldt County Supervisor.
The 2008 campaign put its money on Jager’s valuable name recognition to win him that election. Perhaps Jager’s 2010 team, including Owen, are placing similar bets on the former cop and coroner to beat out one-time Mayor Peter LaVallee, who lost in 2006 in a squeaker to Bass.
Local candidates running in November’s election were out greeting voters in the center of Old Town during Arts Alive Saturday evening but Jager was not among them. Popularity has its perks — no need for handshakes and baby kissing when you have a well-known name.
Or maybe he’s embarrassed about his broken promises to protect public safety.