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Strick Brings Young Voice as Murrieta City Council Candidate

A different perspective, a firm grasp on economics and a desire to improve infrastructure for marginalized residents are what Murrieta City Council Candidate Dan Strick says he has to offer.

Young blood is needed on Murrieta City Council, says candidate Dan Strick.

At 27, Strick says he is “the average Murrietan.”

“I see things from a different perspective as opposed to the candidates who are relatively more seasoned and have a different view on things,” Strick said. “I see it from a young family’s perspective.”

Strick is among six candidates vying in the Nov. 6 general election for two seats on Murrieta City Council. The others are: incumbent Randon Lane, 43; Paul Clay, 54; David Mueting, 41; Joel Phillips, 52; and Harry Ramos, 35.

Fresh from earning his bachelor’s degree in political science from California State Baptist University in May 2012, Strick previously spent four years in the U.S. Navy.

Strick moved to Murrieta five years ago after being stationed in San Diego, and met his wife, a local to the area, shortly thereafter. He took on the role of helping raise her two children, and the couple has since had two children of their own.

“The big group that is moving into Murrieta is young families and veterans, I have all that going for me,” Strick said.

Aside from a fresh perspective, Strick says his interest in economics makes him a good choice.

“I have a good grasp on that,” Strick said.

He said he is well aware of the issues faced by cities as a result of the state takeaway of redevelopment money.

“It sounds like we are trying to work something out so that the money being given to us by the state is continued,” Strick said. “They are giving us money at a certain interest rate and we are trying to refinance that. So therefore instead of ‘we are giving this to you,’ if we pay a little more back the state is more likely to give it to us.”

Strick also expressed concern for areas of Murrieta that lack infrastructure.

“Murrieta is already a great city that is moving up and I’d love to jump on board with that. At the same time though, there are a lot of people who are kind of marginalized. They live down dirt roads, they don’t have the basic infrastructure that everybody else has. I was talking to one guy who told me that when firefighters come down his street they can’t see his street signs.”

Strick said his in-laws live in one of these areas and do not have high-speed Internet access.

“They don’t have wifi, they don’t have Verizon. There are lots of pockets of people who have just been marginalized. I don’t think it is on purpose but at the same time I can bring that to the table. I see it because I have experienced it,” said Strick, who grew up in rural Northern California.

This is Strick’s first try at a public office. He serves as a deacon at Reliance Church in Temecula. Previously, he served as an umpire for Murrieta National Little League.

“It is a democracy, that is the beautiful thing about it; is always good to have fresh faces in government.”

Editor's Note: This is the fifth in a series of six candidate profiles. A final article about Paul Clay is forthcoming.

To read the articles already published, click on the candidate names: Joel Phillips, Randon Lane, Harry Ramos and David Mueting.

Click on Murrieta Patch Election Guide for more.

Sam Bradstreet October 01, 2012 at 09:52 PM
But the point you made I do agree with that has now disappeared from the conversation. Why don't you stand tall against money in politics. Make it a law that only a small contribution can be given and no corporate contributions.....no buying elections. Then Nancy Knight can't talk about backroom deals and under the table payments.....make a law to limit contributions????? What say you to that????
Nancy Knight October 01, 2012 at 09:59 PM
We already have laws for limiting campaign contributions. It doesn't work when the development industry has a huge email list to solicit money from Newport Beach to the desert to get the campaign fund filled for their chosen candidate. Look up the financials of those candidates with the huge signs, fancy mailers and paid-for endorsements on slate mailers when they are made public and you will better understand how the game is played.
Nancy Knight October 01, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Sam I have no idea what you are talking about when you claim I am "thinking selfishly" about what they didn't do for me. I didn't ask them to do something FOR me, I asked that they do NOT do something TO ME and TO my long time neighbors. I asked that they NOT rezone my home to a Research Park zone. I am sure you would agree that homes in our rural historic heritage should be protected as is stated in the General Plan. We shall see what the council decides. Not one of the long time residents wanted their homes rezoned. There is nothing selfish about it. There is something incompetent about a highly paid Economic Development staff member to recommend more offices in a city that is full of existing empty office buildings. And a research park does not fit a rural estate area. It belongs near a university or near the Loma Linda Hospital at best.
The Republican October 01, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Vote yes on Prop 32 and take big money out of politics!
Sam Bradstreet October 01, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Why vote NO on prop 32 "Proposition 32 is not what it seems. Prop. 32 promises 'political reform' but is really designed by special interests to help themselves and harm their opponents." "Business Super PACs and independent expenditure committees are exempt from Prop. 32’s controls. These organizations work to elect or defeat candidates and ballot measures but aren’t subject to the same contribution restrictions and transparency requirements for campaigns themselves. A recent Supreme Court decision allows these groups to spend unlimited amounts of money. Prop. 32 does nothing to deal with that. If Prop. 32 passes, Super PACs, including committees backed by corporate special interests, will become the major way campaigns are funded. This prrop is set up just to stop union contributions "Real campaign reform treats everyone equally, with no special exemptions for anyone. Proposition 32 was intentionally written to exempt thousands of big businesses like Wall Street investment firms, hedge funds, developers, and insurance companies. Over 1000 of the companies exempted by this measure are listed as Major Donors by the California Secretary of State. "This measure says it prohibits unions from using payroll-deducted funds for political purposes. It says it also applies to corporations, so it sounds balanced. But 99% of California corporations don’t use payroll deductions for political giving; they would still be allowed to use their profits to influence elections."

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