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Temecula City Council Candidate Endorsements: Do They Matter To Voters?

With the Nov. 6 Election Day less than one month away, candidates are working feverishly to sway undecided voters.

How important are endorsements for candidates seeking a spot on the Temecula City Council?

candidates are working feverishly to sway undecided voters. The digital community is awash with email blasts alerting voters to campaign news, including endorsements.

Some critics argue incumbents have an “endorsements advantage” because they’ve had time in office to develop relationships and work on issues that may be of benefit to would-be supporters.

But in the case of Temecula Mayor Chuck Washington, who has served on the city council for eight years and is seeking reelection to a third term, endorsements may matter but he's not touting them. A "Re-elect Chuck Washington" Facebook page makes no fuss over his endorsements and instead focuses on campaign events and some recent accomplishments made during the mayor's tenure.

Incumbent Mike Naggar who currently serves as Temecula Mayor Pro Tem is seeking his fourth term on the council. He has a Facebook page that thanks many endorsers, but there is no lengthy list of endorsements published by the candidate.

The same goes for some non-incumbents. For example, Temecula City Council candidate Walter Wilson's walter4temecula.com website offers photos of supporters, but an endorsements page is non-existent at press time.

This isn't to say the lists don't exist, but some of the candidates just aren't making much hoopla over the issue.

Below is a list of all candidates seeking a seat on the Temecula City Council. There are six candidates vying for two seats (terms for Naggar and Washington expire this year and both are seeking reelection.) To see the list of endorsements for each candidate, click on a candidate's name to be directed to his or her website/Facebook page then weigh in below with your thoughts.

Paul Jacobs

Patrice Lynes

Mike Naggar

Chuck Washington

Jamie White

Walter Wilson

What are your thoughts? Do endorsements matter to you?

sam October 20, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Charter City another reason Naggar and Washington must be defeated. They support making Temecula a Charter City. This will allow them to hide even further the corruption that goes on. WE MUST NOT ALLOW TEMECULA TO BECOME A CHARTER CITY, WE WILL LOSE ANY CONTROL WE HAVE OVER WHAT THE CITY COUNCIL CAN AND WILL DONE AGAINST OUR WILL.
Popeye October 20, 2012 at 10:33 PM
You must have Romnesia!
Gandhi October 21, 2012 at 06:02 AM
I agree to an extent about endorsements Brenda, but I seriously encourage you to vote! If you dont like whats happening in this town, YOUR VOTE can make a different, dont throw it away! Vote the incumbents out, I always do, they've been on there long enough, they make too many "connections" and get too cozy, Mike Naggar is now a "consultant" for Rancon Development, one of the biggest in the area, dont you imagine there might be a slight conflict of interest being on city council??! If you dont vote, then your opinion does not count. Either be part of the solution or you are a part of the problem. VOTE!
Gandhi October 21, 2012 at 06:05 AM
I agree in removing incumbents. But one of the things that burns me up the most is that damn "CityTajmahall" that they spent so many millions on, we are now indebted for the next 20 years, and that doesnt count the redevelopment funds, if those cannot be paid back, then that money also will have to come from the taxpayers. To build that in the middle of the worst depression/recession we will ever see when so many are out of work and losing homes is a slap in the face to all the citizens here in Temecula! They've become too greedy, they think our money is THEIR money, vote the incumbents OUT!
Gandhi October 21, 2012 at 06:08 AM
I seriously doubt it Popeye! Naggar is a liar, thief, bragger, and NOT a christian!! Lovely language by the way, how old are you 16?

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