Arroyo and Yoon have formed a minority/progressive bloc on the council with district councilors Charles Yancey and Chuck Turner. Race-handicappers have assumed that, in the at-large election, Arroyo and Yoon will benefit from a large number of Team Unity “double-bullet” votes — ballots marking Arroyo and Yoon only.
That may have happened in the past, but not this year, say some observers. “I haven’t heard any talk in my district of anybody bulleting anybody,” says state representative Marie St. Fleur, who has decided not to endorse anyone in the race. She has supported Flaherty in the past, and says she also sees a lot to like in both Connolly and Murphy. “The minority community is going to vote their interests,” she says. “No team should take anybody for granted — they have to go out and make their pitch.”
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