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— Tina Auclair, San Juan Capistrano 

Thank you for being willing to serve your city as a city councilmember. Your time and effort are truly appreciated by the citizens of San Juan Capistrano. Now that you’re asking for our vote we want to know what you plan on doing for our city.

We want to know how you intend to bring much needed revenue to the city while protecting the character and charm that makes San Juan unique. We want to know how you will fight for our equestrian businesses, historic downtown and open space. Tell us what you stand for. If your platform is solid enough to win then you shouldn’t need to treat an opponent with contempt and cattiness.

Please don’t participate in any smear campaigns against your opponent for something they’ve done that you and your contributors do not agree with. We are tired of that type of politics. We voters want to know what you will do for the city, not what your opponents had for lunch or who their friends are. If you stand on what you can contribute to the city, share your vision of our future and treat your opponents as the neighbors they are, you will get our attention, support and ultimately our votes.

Now that we vote by district elections in San Juan you are asking for your neighbor’s votes. The very people you see in the mornings taking their children to school; those same folks you see when walking your dog or grocery shopping. Have enough respect for them to believe they can sort out the issues, given the facts, without the vitriol of dirty politics. Please understand that your neighbors will seek those facts and are very capable of making up their own minds. Try truth and integrity in place of spin and hypocrisy. You will gain votes either way but true, long term support comes from aligning yourself with citizens that believe in you and what you can do for our city – not how dirty you can get during the election. A foundation built on sand will shift.

Be the candidate that stands firmly with their back to the mud, not the one with the dirty hands. This shows discipline, self-control, civility and even kindness — all attributes that make a good city council member.

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