The editorial cites Sunada's motto of "Responsible development, not over development" as "getting it right." Sunada told the Star-News that current city policies are so bad it's “like witnessing a car accident and you can’t walk away from it.”
Sunada is the only resident to run against city council this year and previous local elections have been entirely canceled due to a lack of challengers. The Star-News writes that the recent lack of challengers for public office is not a sign of satisfaction with current politicians but is instead a "scandal". The Star-News says the current state of Alhambra's government is a secretive one where staff reports are not posted online and the city manager refuses calls from reporters.
The Star-News recognized council incumbent and candidate for a third term Stephen Sham as, "A good man and an active member of the business community." However they noted his view that residents are not running for city positions as a sign that citizens are content with current policies as wrong.
Eric Sunada is a community contributor to Alhambra Source. The Source does not endorse candidates.