It was the countdown to Tuesday’s Coronado city council election and candidate Don Zub wasn’t blasting his opponents — he was bitching about his supporters. “They’ll wear my buttons, come to my parties, drink my liquor, smoke my dope, even tell me they hope I win,” Zub groused. “But get up at 8:00 a.m. and vote for me? No way.” Zub’s dismal polling predictions came true; he finished fifth among five candidates, with 158 votes. But that’s still 156 more than he had divined. “I know I’ll get at least two votes.” Zub predicted before the election. “Mine and a very close personal friend’s.”
Given his campaign promises, could the 24-year-old former Navy frogman have expected more? In no particular order of preference, Zub proposed the following shakeups in Coronado’s lifestyle: legalized marijuana, beer drinking at the beach, an end to leash laws for dogs (Zub would outlaw leashes), and a return to trans-bay ferry service, made economically feasible by his promised destruction of the Coronado Bridge. There would be a new nightclub on quiet Glorietta bay, a reef for surfers on North Island’s beach, and a city-run skateboard park. Financing would come from the six-million dollar city general fund, which Zub says he’s not afraid to commit to the public good. Deficits would be erased by a unique, easily enforced sailor tax. “Every time you see a sailor, you ask him for a buck,” Zub advised Coronadans. “If he doesn’t give it to you, arrest him.”
Undaunted by his last place finish, Zub is busy scheming for next spring’s mayoral race. He pledges no changes in his campaign platform, though he may revamp his fundraising techniques. In the council race, Zub raised $291 and spent it all on a pre-election “beer tasting” party (though there was one beer, Schlitz) for 250 friends and supporters.