Mayor Dan Cort this week blasted a last-minute write-in campaign by a longtime city resident to run against him in the Nov. 4 election.
Ted Hollister, who has lived in Pacific Grove for 49 years, announced himself last week as a write-in candidate for mayor, which makes him Cort’s only competition.
“I’ve been overwhelmed with the response,” Hollister told The Pine Cone. “Honestly, it’s very humbling to see all the support.”
But Cort accused Hollister, 77, of not attending a city council meeting in years and questioned the former veterinarian’s motivation for seeking the job.
“We have serious problems facing this city, and if you haven’t been at a city council meeting in four or five years, then really you have no business inserting yourself into something as important as serving on the council,” Cort said.
Our passive and kind mayor is getting a bit testy. He seems surprised that anyone would want question him or take a stab at leading the town,