When I first ran for city council in 69, the main reason I came from obscurity to almost being elected--a 25-year-old kid--was because I just out-campaigned everyone. In those days, you got the credit you deserved. I had new proposals--youth commissions, all kinds of groovy stuff--which have since been adopted and I was the only one who campaigned and I got the coverage. Now, as I say, it's this socialized system.

Gary Peter Klahr is talking. Until just a few days ago, nobody was listening. Now, it's probably too late for Klahr to make any headway against a vulnerable opponent who's living on the wrong side of the anti-incumbent divide.

Some voters will no doubt see their way through Klahr's past, including the head shops, the 20 years of election futility, the years of being victimized by his very own weird little crime wave. Some voters will no doubt see their way past his ramshackle personal appearance. Others will factor in all that, look at the incumbent and conclude, as one local attorney put it, "I'm not sure how much worse off that office could be.

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