Phil Paule Front-Runner in State Assembly Race

"I am proud of the work my campaign has done and look forward to victory in November," Paule said, in an emailed statement.

State Assembly Candidate Phil Paule declared himself a "proven front-runner" Wednesday in the all-Republican race to represent the 67th District.

Paule received 9,438—28.01 percent—of votes from constituents in the district that encompasses most of Southwest Riverside County. Murrieta, parts of Temecula, French Valley, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Meadowbrook and Menifee are all included in the 67th District.

"I am honored to have the support of the voters of Riverside County," said Paule, in an emailed statement. "I am proud of the work my campaign has done and look forward to victory in November."

Lake Elsinore City Councilwoman Melissa Melendez will likely run against Paule in the November general election. Melendez captured the second-highest number of votes with 7,851, or 23.3 percent.

Melendez and fellow Lake Elsinore Council member Bob Magee were neck-and-neck as , until she pulled ahead.

Magee garnered 6,724 votes, or 19.19 percent, while Murrieta School Board Member Ken Dickson got 6,347 votes—18.83 percent. Teacher William Akana received 3,340 votes, or 9.91 percent.

Riverside County Registrar of Voters Office advised there were still nearly 50,000 ballots to count. Those included provisional, mail-in ballots and damaged ballots. Those counts were expected to be released by 6 p.m. Friday.

In a statement posted online, Dickson thanked his supporters and all those who made it out to the polls.

"Though the results weren't what we were looking for we are pleased with the effort and grateful for the votes we did get," Dickson said. "I would like to congratulate Phil and Melissa for being the final two. To Bob and Will I would just like to say great job. I pray that our district be blessed with the right candidate with the constituent’s best interest always as the priority. God Bless you."

Paule, who is married with two sons and lives in French Valley, has served as the district director for U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa for eight years. Paule is endorsed by Issa and former state Senators Ray Haynes and Dick Mountjoy.

Paule said his focus in the Legislature would be "restoring California's business climate, building much needed water and transportation infrastructure, and reforming the education system," according to his campaign website.

Some of Melendez' stated priorities in office would be "no new taxes, stop runaway government spending, and end illegal immigration," according to her campaign website.

Katheryn June 07, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I personally don't care for Melendez antics and then look at what an eye sore Lake Elsinore has been and continues to be under her watch. Phil Paule has my vote and hopefully his experience with ISSA will bring something to the 67th District.
Donald Ferrywave June 08, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Well this sure trumps the for-runnings of modern day society. Congrats Phil!
Duty Bound September 05, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Too bad he can't get to his court appearances on time.
Ron Wilkens September 05, 2012 at 11:43 PM
If we lived in 67th District we would vote for Phil Paule, many of our friends do and they are voting for Paule, the man who we believe can change things in a positive way for the 67th District. P.S. Melendez seems to have reached an all time low with dirty politics and we don't want more garbage in Sacramento, do you?
Duty Bound September 07, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Dirty?......low?......you mean like failing to appear in court? I'm certainly no fan of any politician, but if it walks like a crook, then it's a crook. Politics has nothing to do with that.
Duty Bound September 09, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Mmmm. No comment eh? Figured. It's impossible to spin a conviction like that.
The Republican September 09, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Phil paule is a drunk. He was unresponsive when he ran issa's office. He can't answer questions honestly. We don't want drunks as leaders.


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