So What Happened In District 3?- The Councilman Jergensen Factor
Councilman Jergensen has remained very popular among centrist Democrats. Despite having to run against a campaign that talked ad nauseum of the Democratic Party, he attracted a core following of prominent Democrats that were not only willing to vote for him, but also actively campaign for him. I think this is more evidence of a Democratic split in municipal politics. The split is exacerbated by the fact that the races are non affiliated, so even the most committed Democrats felt okay with bucking the State and County Party in favor of Councilman Jergensen. Councilman Jergensen can also turn out Republicans. In a District like that, the ability to turn out both Democrats and Republicans should not be taken lightly. There are several precints scattered throughout District 3 that he was able to mobilize. This puts pressure on the opposition to squeeze their own districts for even more votes. That can be very difficult in such a low profile race. Councilman Jergensen has also been active in District 3 for a very long time. I believe this is how he was able to build up such a positive profile among such a variety of residents. His activities in the non- affiliated world of neighborhood councils were the perfect way to build up the grass roots bi-partisan support he needed for races like the one he saw this year.