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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?

Brenda October 15, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Endorsements actually rub me the wrong way. That means that person/company will usually gain something for supporting that candidate. A candidates actions prove themselves or NOT. I do know its time for the old to get out and we need new. Would I vote again ever? No, not on any level as NONE of the candidates from President down to City councils do what they say they will, and none has enough guts to stick up for what the people want. MOST OF, key word MOST, is illegals out and off aid and other support. Anyone aiding or abet them fined, or closed up and demand that from the STATE. Drugs, traffic, issues, ie more PD and support services like Detectives, gang and drug details assigned to just Temecula PD/Riverside Sheriff. If necessary 2 Officers outside of/near the high schools for dealing and doing drugs, alcohol, before, during and after school, skipping classes, and drug sale investigations. One officer at each high school is not capable of dealing with the amount of problems they have. Of course there are many other issues on the books, but I feel that if we keep going in the direction we are as far as crime, drugs, accidents that no one is going to want to come to Temecula. Those that do will not feel safe. Old Town should be a huge money maker and I bet if we knew figures they have lost money each year. That entire area needs to be cleaned up of gangs, slums. I don't vote anymore. But That is my thoughts on endorsements.
Popeye October 16, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I just voted and the Tea Baggers whinning about Agenda 21 didn't get my vote....ha ha ha
Paul Jacobs October 16, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Popeye, I'm afraid you may have mistaken a bathroom stall for a voting booth.
Popeye October 16, 2012 at 04:17 AM
That is funny!
gordon October 16, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Just my opinion of course, but i think the entire council should be replaced. what i believe is the latest scandal is the sudden "reappearance" of a bi-annual state of the city brochure that appeared in my mail the other day. the city-paid-for (nee taxpayers) magazine doesn't hesitate to list past and future accomplishments of this council (washington-naggar). while the other candidates scratch for funds to keep their campaings going and get out their agenda, taxpayers are paying for the incumbants' campaign flyers. it'll be interesting to see if six months from now the second installment of this magazine is necessary since the election will be history and the council will be trying to preserve funds. Vote da bums out.
The Patriot October 16, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Gordon, I agree completely. The political toilet needs to be flushed across the board. People that are fighting as hard as Mike Naggar is to keep this position and has been in office for 13 years really make you think about what is in it for them. Naggar was nothing before he got on the council. Now he is wealthy, he recently took $100,000 consulting fee from the Calvary Church and is standing up supporting their expansion in wine country. With their plans to annex wine country, this should be a total conflict of interest. The position pays only $600 a month, but we all know that the reason that Chuck and Mike are working so hard to keep their seats is because they are getting MUCH more than that out of the deal. It is pretty bad when the ENTIRE council has to recuse themselves from voting on some issues pertaining to real estate for conflict of interest.
CommCare October 16, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I think people are taking their frustrations over the mess of the state and the economy and throwing at the local race. Venting is fine, but Temecula is one of if not "the" best run cities in southern CA or even CA. Look at the other cities just in the area that are struggling to stay afloat and cutting everywhere. We are financially healthy, we are constantly improving the city and taking care of citizens, Just look at the FACTS not what anyone is saying are "facts". They are public record. The other thing people don't seem to understand is that any city has laws they have to run the city by. it is not a free-for-all and do what ever they please. Get Educated before you vote! These on-going and sometime outrageous comments are a sad picture of our citizens.
Eric Cartman October 16, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Commenting on their websites...at a glance: Naggar and Washington don't care enough to get a REAL website, they are just using facebook and all the money that Naggar has thrown at it, he has only got 400 likes. [rolls eyes] Washington is too stupid to even realize that he has violated the terms of use for facebook and created an ENTIRE account instead of just a group or fan page. I think that I will go report him now. As for Naggar, I was blocked in 2 minutes, so were others. In fact anyone that has an objective opinion is immediately blocked. NOTE to voters: These men think that you are SO stupid that they don't have to attend debates or even care enough to establish an election website. You are SO stupid that you will vote for them automatically. Are you? Now...Patrice Lynes has a nice website, great use of social networking, interactive, very well done. Paul Jacobs has a friend that knows how to use wordpress at a novice level and he has managed to persuade 20 people to like his facebook page...FAIL. Walter Wilson's site ia about as slick as his debating skills...FAIL. Jamie White has good content and nice use of social networking...Good Site. Obviously Patrice Lynes and Jamie White care enough about your vote to put forth an effort which reflects that they will do the same if elected. The choice is clear. Patrice Lynes and Jamie White will work for the people, the others don't care enough to put effort into it. Well done ladies!
Temecula Sunshine October 18, 2012 at 06:28 AM
Comm, you write "we are improving the city and taking care of citizens". Thank you for identifying yourself as either an incumbent or city employee that is interested only in keeping your 5-0 vote intact and keeping the public eye out of city business. You talk about laws and doing what you please. How about the hospital that has been in the works for 8 years, had to be stopped by a judge in 2007 because it was so poorly planned, and won't be finished until 2019, so we can celebrate 30 years as a city without a complete hospital? How about the $70 million Civic Center that was planned without a public hearing or vote, but was buried in the Master Plan? How about the claims of the incumbents that the building of the Civic Center resulted in $140-150 million in private investment in Old Town? I haven't seen one "fact" to back that up. How about that ridiculous claim of "second safest city" that ignored non-violent crimes and didn't count the thousands of cities with smaller populations? Facts are in short supply from the incumbents. Try again.
Temecula Sunshine October 18, 2012 at 06:31 AM
Gordon, I agree. I have a feeling the "bi-annual" newsletter will appear again in late October 2014, when the council really wants to make sure the citizens know how much they care about us.
The Patriot October 18, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Just because things look pretty does not mean that they are. This council has lied to the people about the debt, surplus, being the second safest city, defeating the quarry, they forced Agenda 21 on us and sacrifice our liberties, they ignore our voices...I think that is enough to say that this is NOT the best run city in so cal. Saying you don't mind a little corruption in your government is like saying they you don't mind a little dog poop in your cookies. Well, I don't want ANY dog poop in my cookies. It's time to flush the political toilet in Temecula.
sam October 20, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Naggar and Washington walk out of Republican Womens luncheon after hearing Jamie White speak and get such huge applauses within her talk. Naggar and Washington did not receive little attention nor the excited applause that Jamie got and left in anger. Is it any surprise, they both support the freedom destroying the UN Agenda 21 and they shoved down our throats the potential terrorist home the Mosque on Nichols which the people made clear we did not want in our community. They have not supported the Temecula Citizens and need to go. Anyone want to help them clean out their very expensive tax payer paid offices on Nov 7th.
Popeye October 20, 2012 at 04:35 PM
All you whinners no that Washington and Naggar are qualified and going to win. And when they do, the Tea Baggers can go back to there butt holes. I am going to laugh so hard when the win!!!
Super Bluto October 20, 2012 at 04:59 PM
JUST WOW, some lady on another article said that this dude (popeye), ain't really a dude. It is a transvestite. She went to school with it. That's just gross. Maybe you should change your name again to: popass...js
Eric Cartman October 20, 2012 at 05:03 PM
That is funny. I heard that he works for the council but is a meth dealer in Hemet. A transvestite Hemet meth dealer that likes tea bags. That makes sense, no wonder why he, or it I mean, is so angry.
Kenny McCormick October 20, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Seriously, STOP. You're making me pee my pants. XD
Josey Wales October 20, 2012 at 05:11 PM
The only election that Naggar and Washington are going to win is for penitentiary president. Loosing the election is just the beginning for them. At this point, they will be lucky if they can avoid criminal prosecution.
Popeye October 20, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Ha ha ha. The Tea Baggers have Romnesia... That is hilarious. Ha ha ha...
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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