July 30, 2008 > Council race expands and contracts
Council race expands and contracts
As potential candidates for two seats as Fremont Councilmembers and the mayoral race continued to grow in number, voter choices for council was also reduced by the withdrawal of Dirk Lorenz.
In a surprise announcement, Dirk Lorenz, who previously announced his candidacy for the Fremont City Council, withdrew his name from contention. In an email circulated to community organizations, he explained that legal constraints due to his connection with the Depot Cafˇ in Centerville precluded such an attempt. His email explained that although his intention to run for city council was supported by many, "I had a very difficult choice to make. Should I win the election, I could no longer operate the Depot Diner."
According to the Fair Political Practices Commission, public officials are prohibited from any financial interest in a "contract or sale in both the official's public and private capacities." Since Lorenz has an interest and contract with the Fremont Redevelopment Agency at the Centerville Depot, if elected, he would be forced to withdraw from any contract for services that involved the depot. Since the cafˇ's current contract with the City of Fremont expires in August 2009, Lorenz explains that he and his wife and family "would have to 'walk away' from our business at that time. Without a long term lease in place, it would be impossible to sell our business to another party.
This announcement was made well in advance of the deadline for drawing papers and declaring candidacy for the two open council seats. Lorenz notes, "I wanted to make this announcement as soon as possible to allow others that might have been holding back to come forward. I have always maintained that choice is a great thing when it comes to an election. We are facing some great economic challenges and exciting possibilities in our city in the coming years. I am anxious to see the field of candidates expand and personally be able to engage in a public forum with those candidates in discussing their ideas to solve our economic challenges." In closing his campaign for election in 2008, Lorenz did not preclude the possibility of another in 2010. He closed his message by saying, "In the meantime, I plan to work on a long term lease for our beloved Depot Diner.... and take a look at 2010."
As of Friday, July 25, the Fremont City Clerk's office released the following names of those who have indicated interest in the November election of two city council seats and the mayor's position. None of the candidates have returned their paperwork, due by Friday, August 8 to continue the nomination process.