After considering his options for nearly a month, Commissioner Nick Fish has decided to continue running for reelection while he is being treated for abdominal cancer.
Fish had declared for reelection when he was diagnosed with cancer in mid-August. At the time, Fish said he wanted to see how his chemotherapy treatments would affect him. He has maintained most of his City Hall schedule and, on Sept. 11, emailed supporters to say he is still running.
"The treatment for my cancer may slow me down a little this fall, but it will never diminish my passion for public service," Fish says in the email. "Campaigns are time-consuming — and I have many things to balance in the months ahead. I won't be the first person who manages an illness or a disability and runs for office."
The email also seeks donations and lists eight priorities he wants to accomplish. They range from "sponsoring new, cost-effective solutions to our housing crisis" to "standing up for workers and consumers in the changing economy."
A non-practicing lawyer, Fish was elected with 61.4 percent of the vote in 2008 to fill the unexpired term of Commissioner Erik Sten, who resigned mid-term. He was re-elected to a full four-year term in the May 2010 primary election with just under 80 percent of the vote. He was reelected in the May 2014 primary election with 73 percent of the vote.
So far, only environmental advocate Julia DeGraw has announced against Fish and filed a fundraising committee. Affordable housing advocate Margo Black has said she is considering the race, but has not yet announced.