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Local Elections Usher in New Voices

Norb Garrett

By Norb Garrett, publisher and owner of Picket Fence Media

As the nation (and world) await final, official resolution of the U.S. Presidential election, locally the races have been determined, and new faces will assume seats on the San Clemente City Council next month.

All of us here at the San Clemente Times and its parent company, Picket Fence Media, congratulate councilmembers-elect Steve Knoblock and Chris Duncan, as well as incumbent Councilmember Gene James, while also thanking all of the other candidates for their desire to serve our community and participate in the democratic process.

Thanks, too, to outgoing Councilmembers Chris Hamm and Dan Bane (stepped down earlier this year) for their service to our community; we wish you all the best and hope you’ll continue to provide support and input to San Clemente and its residents.

The next couple of years will be important ones here in San Clemente. As local businesses of all sizes, as well as schools, local government and our service industries, struggle to regain footing while the global pandemic continues to wreak havoc on our daily lives, the role of local government becomes even more important.

San Clemente’s city government has historically been a strong advocate for local businesses, and I’m certain that the incoming councilmembers will continue in that tradition to help guide and advise city staff as we find our collective way through life in a pandemic coupled with heightened social and racial challenges.

We here at SC Times remain committed to doing our part, as well, and look forward to supporting the community through the paper, daily SC Times e-newsletters, our website, social channels and specials such as the upcoming SC Times “Best of San Clemente People’s Choice Ole Awards.”

Congratulations again to all who participated in our local elections, and a special thanks to you, the voters, for playing your part to help shape our city’s future.

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