The Encinitas mayor’s race took a funny and familial turn Tuesday, with two more husbands of prominent politicians indicating they might enter the race.Our first thought was that this was a stunt just to make a mockery of Kristin Gaspar's husband running, but it may be more strategic than that. Presidential elections bring out thousands of voters who don't pay attention to city council races. Put three men and one woman on the ballot with an uninformed/disinterested electorate, and the woman will win the plurality every time. Sadly, even in 2016, many people still vote based on sex and race.
Steve Bartram, who is married to Councilwoman Lisa Shaffer, and Don Barth, the husband of former Encinitas councilwoman and mayor Teresa Barth, both pulled nomination papers this week, just days after Paul Gaspar — the husband of Mayor Kristin Gaspar — announced he was running.
Don't be surprised if they both file for mayor but don't spend a lot of time or money campaigning, and don't try to get the Democratic Party endorsement. That way, they don't split the Democrat / Smart Growther vote with Blakespear, but they do cause chaos in the uninformed vote. Well played, Smart Growthers!