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Murrieta Mayor Doug McAllister Decides Not to Seek Re-Election

Murrieta Mayor Doug McAllister will not seek re-election to Murrieta City Council, it was reported today.

Doug McAllister, who currently serves as mayor of Murrieta, will not seek re-election, it was reported today.

McAllister's second term expires in December, but he has decided not to run again so that he may spend more time with his family, The Press-Enterprise initially reported.

McAllister was first elected to Murrieta City Council in 2004.

"After much prayer and no small amount of uncharacteristic waffling, I have made the difficult decision that after 12 years of public service, it is time for me to take a break," McAllister said in an emailed statement. "As such, I will not be running for re-election this November.It is time to reward my wife, children and grandchild for their otherworldly patience as I served you. So much of our lives has been on hold during that time. It is long past it being their turn."

The term of one other council member, Randon Lane, also expires in December. Lane, on the other hand, , and has completed the required steps to become an official candidate in the upcoming November election.

Potential Murrieta City Council candidates

However, if an incumbent does not file to run for city council, the nomination period extends to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 15, City Clerk Kay Vinson said.

Two other candidates, Harry Ramos and David Meuting, had pulled papers but as of last week had not yet been declared official candidates.

Editor's Note: This article was updated at 2:20 p.m. Aug. 6 to include information about the extension of the candidate filing deadline in the event an incumbent decides not to seek re-election. It was updated again at 1:15 p.m. Aug. 7 to include a statement from McAllister.

Cathy Neumann-Bearse August 07, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Bruno .. just curious? What office do you hold, what job are you volunteering for? When is the last time you helped my city .. you know put in some REAL time?
Cathy Neumann-Bearse August 07, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Thank you Al! I think.
Don Lambert August 07, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I will miss Doug on the City Council. He has done a lot of EXTRA work to advance the functions and livability of Murrieta. He and the other council members here do a lot of extra things that I think the council members in many other cities do not do. There will be a city council meeting tonight at 6:00 PM in city hall. AND There will be another activity starting at 6:00 in the park behind city hall.
Don Lambert August 07, 2012 at 05:08 PM
SEE DISPLAYS OF EQUIPMENT BY THE POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS & MORE TONIGHT 8-07-2012 IN MURRIETA, 6 to 9 PM Confirm this announcement on Murrieta Patch under “THINGS TO DO” events at 6:00 PM, then click on that line to read the details Fairs & Festivals, Food & Drink, Organizations, Outdoor, Awareness "Murrieta's 29th Annual National Night Out" TODAY, AUGUST 7, 2012. THIS IS IN TOWN SQUARE PARK BETWEEN THE CITY HALL AND THE LIBRARY. It is VISABLE FROM the corner of Jefferson and Kalmia. (41717 Juniper St, Murrieta.) You are invited to bring your friends and family to come picnic in the park with us. Murrieta Police Department will have several static displays including: -The SWAT truck, DUI trailer, off-road enforcement motorcycles, its Police/Fire mobile command post vehicle, and K-9 and blood hound demonstrations. Our local Fire Department, CHP, Border Patrol and Mercy Air helicopter will also be there! Target Murrieta, Murrieta Super Target, Hemet and Temecula will be sponsoring a BBQ with FREE hot dogs & drinks. They will be raffling iPod shuffles, school-ready backpacks. See list of more stores and food places on the Patch item. There will also be entertainment with a DJ and fun jumper’s for the kids. Local companies focused on crime prevention, security and emergency preparedness will have booths and will have preparedness information and will be participating with FREE face painting, finger printing, and coloring.
veryshameful November 27, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Thank GOD he is leaving., He is a HORRIBLE People who ruins the careers of fellow Marines.. I can't believe he calls himself a Marines VERY SHAMEFUL... SHAME ON YOU MR. McAllister very SHAMEFUL!!!!!!

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