ASHLEY WILLIAMS, San Clemente
I became a candidate for the San Clemente City Council, because I was very concerned about the left-leaning/socialist actions of our City Council. I pulled papers to run in November, because I believe we need to have a majority of conservative members on the council.
My intention was to run and hopefully get elected to support pro-public safety, limited government and quality-of-life candidates like Steve Knoblock, who is fighting for an unlimited supply of fresh drinking water from the Doheny Beach desalination project.
I was concerned about the likes of the far-left radical Mayor Pro Tem Chris Duncan, who marched, fist raised high, with the Marxist “Black Lives Matters” organization and requesting that marijuana facilities be considered in San Clemente to raise more taxes.
Our residents, and especially our children, do not need the increased crime and degradation these activities could bring to our beautiful beach town.
I am not a politician, but as a businesswoman and mother of three, I knew something needed to be done. Right after the filing period to run for City Council had ended, I learned that Victor Cabral was one of the 11 other locals that signed up to run for City Council.
Upon reviewing Mr. Cabral’s sterling credentials and background, I realized that he was the kind of candidate that we need to support the public safety, limited government and quality-of-life issues that are important to me and my neighbors in Talega.
So as to not split the pro-public safety vote, I decided to suspend my campaign and endorse and support Mr. Cabral’s candidacy. Unfortunately, it was too late for me to pull my name off the ballot, but I have ceased all campaign activities and am asking those that would have voted for me to please, instead, cast a vote for Victor Cabral.