Is Carl Pollard really running for Merced City Council? It's a question we've been asking ourselves in the Sun-Star newsroom almost since the day he pulled his candidacy papers. After all, Pollard, a former city councilman, has no campaign signs around town, isn't running any kind of advertising and he's been very hard for reporters to reach. Not normal behaviors for a candidate in such a competitive race.
I finally got him on the phone on Thursday afternoon. Turns out he's still running. He told me he's purposefully keeping his campaign low-key, just leaving his name on the ballot "to see what happens."
We're seeing a different Carl Pollard this time around. His previous council campaigns (I think this is his ninth attempt) were hard-fought affairs. In fact, his run in 2007 was about as high-profile as it gets for Merced, with "The People's Councilman" earning financial backing from some of Merced's most prominent citizens.