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In Lake Elsinore, four seats, including three city council and one city treasurer are up for election. Of the nine candidates campaigning for the seats, three are incumbents.
Newcomer Craig Turner, 43, is running for city council in order to further the improvement of three key elements: increased availability of family activities, combating blight and making the city safe and secure.
“These are the things I feel are most important,” Turner said.
Turner has been in Lake Elsinore since 2000, when he – along with his wife and two older sons – moved to the city from Glendale. Turner wanted to find a good place to raise his children, ages 4 and 2 at time.
Turner now has four sons, ages 7, 11, 14 and 16. Both Turner and his wife are very involved in their community, volunteering at the children’s schools, working with Boy Scout troops and in other community and church organizations.
Initiatives that work to keep the city and its parks clean and secure for community member use are very important, Turner said.
“When our family first moved here, there was no money for parks, and consequently, there were few places we could go to let the boys run and play,” Turner said. “This is something I do not want us to return to.”
Turner became involved in cleanup, participating in cleanup days in the community and graffiti removal projects and continues to do so today.
“I don’t want families to feel they have to relinquish their neighborhoods to gangs,” he said.
Turner feels his experience working as project manager for transportation company ADSI lends itself well to the work he would do in city council.
“In my profession I assemble large cross-functional teams to tackle problems,” he said. “I have a background in process improvements and finding and eliminating wasteful processes and procedures.”
He feels this type of collaborative background will be a great asset moving forward.
Jennifer Dean is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.