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Murrieta residents will vote to fill two open City Council seats, each with a four-year term.
Veteran and EMT Dan Strick would like to continue the growth trajectory he feels the city of Murrieta is already experiencing.
“This is a great city that does not need change; it needs to continue the path it has taken,” Strick said.
At 27, Strick is the youngest name on November’s election ticket, but he feels his youth and close-knit family gives him a unique perspective.
Strick is married with four children, including three boys and one girl.
“My eight-year-old is my advertising strategist and has come up with the most creative campaigning ideas so far,” he said.
Strick moved to French Valley nearly six years ago, and then moved within the city limits about three and a half years ago. He was an umpire with Murrieta Valley Little League and tutored at Murrieta Valley High School.
He feels his position in church leadership with Reliance Church in Temecula has prepared him well to sometimes face difficult decisions that affect many people.
“One of my favorite parts of being in leadership is thinking of the most cost-effective ways to help the greatest amount of people.”
Lack of state funding is one of the biggest problems facing the city, Strick said.
He hopes to address this issue by growing local employment in the region.
“Bringing big ticket companies (research and development firms, biotech, etc.) to the area will create local high paying jobs and cut commute times, allowing families more time together,” Strick said.
Family is important to Strick. He also hopes to see Murrieta’s continuous trail system completed soon so families will have an inexpensive, healthy activity they can enjoy. The trail system improvement has been in process now for several years.
“I would love to be in office when the trails project is completed,” he said. “There is an amazing family atmosphere here. I could not think of a better place to raise my kids with the safe streets and outstanding schools.”
Jennifer Dean is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.