So tonight I took a short drive over to Chela’s on Alicia Parkway, where a Laguna Niguel city council candidate named Deborah Townes was hosting a meet-up.
The scene spoke to everything that’s tough about local elections: A long table, eight or nine people, a football game on in the background, music playing from some speakers. Had I not seen this announcement via Facebook …
… there’s no way I know a candidate for local office was there. Again, that’s the difficulty of a town election. Little buzz, tiny name recognition.
Anyhow, I arrived with my son, and we had a chance to talk with Deborah, who is engaging and friendly and trying her best to win what is (if we’re being honest (and I always try and be honest here)) an uphill climb. She’s running against a woman named Sandy Rains, who is equally gregarious and chipper but—unlike Deborah—a conservative Republican in a town that still leans heavy GOP. It’s one of those elections where the underdog could win, but it’d take some extra oomph.
So why will I vote Deborah? Honestly, my biggest reason is this: I respect our city council, and I respect all the members who take the time to serve. It’s a local position, and local positions are more about specific regional stances and positions than right v. left. That said, when I see this photo of Sandy and her husband alongside Dana Rohrabacher …
… I have to question her judgment. She’s a big booster of Rohrabacher, and a supporter of Donald Trump, too. And it’s nothing personal. Truly, it’s not. But I just can’t imagine aligning myself with a man (Rohrabacher) who has appeared alongside skinheads and neo-Nazis; a man who sides with Russia over our own intelligence agencies; a man who believes climate change to be a hoax.
So watch the above interview and decide for yourself.
And whether you support Deborah Townes or you support Sandy Rains, do the right thing.