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.
What are your thoughts? Do endorsements matter to you?