The lone conservative voice on the San Leandro City Council has endorsed Stephen Cassidy for mayor, according to the campaign. Councilman Bill Stephens, who is termed out this year, painted his choice is his typical tone of folksy statesmanship.
Stephens has spent the past eight years on the council without running a campaign. He ran unopposed twice and clearly lays claim to the moderate/conservative end of the council's ideology. In the past year, though, Stephens has become quite detached from his position on the council. It has been typical for him to arrive late to meetings and look disinterested on dais, oftentimes reclining in his chair. He recently announced his retirement from the Fremont Unified School District and intends to put his San Leandro home on the market.