Juniper Park Civic Association President Bob Holden has never run for office before, but he has three things most first-time candidates don’t have, according to Brian Browne, assistant vice president for government relations and a political science professor at St. John’s University.
“He has name recognition, his publication and a base in that area,” Browne said in an interview last Thursday. “He’s been on the forefront of every issue in that neighborhood for years. So on paper, yes, he is formidable.”
After exclusively telling the Chronicle last Tuesday of his intention to run against Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) in September’s Democratic primary, the longtime college professor and Community Board 5 member officially announced his candidacy at last Thursday’s packed Juniper Park Civic Association meeting.