Mayor Sallie Clark.
It has a nice ring to it, and political insiders and observers have been speculating that El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark will run for mayor in the April 2011 election.
But – the theory went – Clark would only run for mayor if former Congressman Scott McInnis failed to secure the Republican nomination for governor in Tuesday’s primary.
We all know how that turned out.
Clark, a former city councilwoman who served as McInnis’ chief cheerleader in the county, was believed to be a possible running mate or in line for a Cabinet position if McInnis was elected Colorado’s chief executive.
Since McInnis won’t even have a shot for an office and desk under the gold dome in Denver any time soon, the question is now more relevant: Will Clark run for mayor?
“I don’t know what my future holds,” Clark said in a telephone interview.
“I’m not saying it’s out of the question,” she said. “But I’m not convinced that it would be the right path for me either. I have two years left beyond this year on my commissioner term. I make a pretty good salary, and I love my job. I think I’m just going to kind of sit back and see what happens.”
In the immediate future, Clark said she’s going to focus on helping fellow Republicans get elected to state office.
“I have some free time on my hands now,” she said, laughing.
If she ran for mayor, Clark wouldn’t have to give up her $87,500-a-year commissioner job.
“I know my name keeps being thrown out there, but right now, I’m just regrouping from” Tuesday’s primary, she said.
“We’ll see what happens in November,” she added.