Sept. 2, 2011 | Although Sara Mestas drew just over five percent of the vote during last year's mayoral contest in San Leandro, she did draw attention for her work with the city's youth, if not a knack for busting rhymes as her rap alter ego, Mo Wiley, but has no plans to run again.
Mestas announced this week she will not compete for Councilwoman Joyce Starosciak's term-out seat in District 4, but will instead continue her focus on school at Cal State East Bay.
"At this time, I don't have any intention of running for city council," said Mestas. "I do not foresee that changing in the near future." She is currently pursuing a major in chemistry with a minor in criminal justice. She is two quarters into finishing her course work with a year and half to go.
"School is very demanding," Mestas said. "I have very little time aside from school and that is what prompted my decision not to run. It takes a lot of time and I want to give it my all and I wouldn't be able to do that."
She says she will take the down time to learn more about politics and continue working with the Junior Giants baseball program and other advocacy groups in San Leandro.
Mestas, though, did not slam the door shut on her future political aspirations saying she would entertain running for mayor again in 2014 against Stephen Cassidy.
In recent months, Mestas has consistently urged another possible candidate to run for the District 4 council seat. "I would wholeheartedly support and help Benny Lee if he runs for that seat," she said. Rumors of Lee's interest in the seat has persisted for months, but he remains noncommittal on his political aspirations .