Proving again that politics makes for strange bedfellows, former Spring Valley Trustees Demeza Delhomme says he’s dropping out of the mayoral race and throwing his support behind Allan Thompson, a Democrat who secured the Republican line and avoided the crowded Democratic Party primary in September.
Noramie Jasmin, a sitting trustee, won the primary, with Delhomme finishing a distant second. She’s deputy mayor for Mayor George Darden, who is not running for a third, four-year term. Jacques Michel, a county legislator, also is running for mayor on the Rescue Team line after losing the Democratic primary
Delhomme, known at times for his bombastic speeches and rhetoric on his cable television show, has a history with Thompson.
When Thompson served as mayor – before losing to Darden some eight years ago – he and Delhomme had to be separate at times following screaming matches at board workshops. And their relationship at public meetings was less than polite at times, with police sitting in the meeting room at times.
Delhomme’s relationship with Darden started out OK but deteriorated to yelling matches, sarcasm and some near fights. Delhomme gave up his board seat when he ran against Darden four years ago, coming within a whisker of defeating Darden in a Democratic primary.
Delhomme will announce his support for Thompson at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Dr. Berg Road and Memorial Park Drive, just east of North Main Street behind the Cultural Arts Center.