We will start with the seats up for re-election in November of 2018.
Marsha Swanson, District 5
If she runs this will be her 4th time. In 5 separate articles she has used the word Rural 1 time. I have hi-lighted certain, what I feel are important, statements made by her.
She was elected the first time on February 5, 2008. She received 2,209 votes placing her third place behind Bob Cashman and Bridgette Moore. In that election 6,517 people voted on the measure to incorporate.
She ran the second time on November 2, 2010 for a full four year term. She garnered 2,889 votes placing her once again in 3rd place behind Ben Benoit and Timothy Walker.
The third time was a charm, nope, third place again behind Timothy Walker and Ben Benoit.
AARON CLAVERIE – The Californian December 23, 2007
“We moved here because of the rural atmosphere and we wanted a safe and clean place to raise our children,” she said.
“You’re not going to be able to bend the rules,” she said. “The ethics have to be there, because this is a job that can easily be swayed by some people.”
“I have so much pride in my community and I want to see it move forward effectively,” she said. “That doesn’t mean you can please every person every time, but you can’t sit on the sidelines and complain if you’re not willing to act.“
She supports cityhood because it would give residents local control of their tax dollars and allow a council to tailor new developments based on what Wildomar wants, not what Riverside County leaders think it should have.
The top issue facing the area is traffic and the condition of roads, she said.
Another important issue for Swanson is the law enforcement presence in Wildomar
At some point, maybe three or five years after incorporation, the city could even start thinking about forming its own police department, she said.
Another issue Swanson would like to tackle as a council member is the dearth of community gathering spots.
Seniors need a place to meet. Children need a place to meet. And there needs to be more park areas, she said.
To pay for construction of the community centers and the establishment of new park land, Swanson said, developers will be asked to chip in their fair share.
“Wildomar has wanted its own identity and to be a city for a long, long time,” said Marsha Swanson, one of the council winners. “The first thing we need to do is find a city manager.”
Swanson said the start-up should go smoothly because “we all get along.”
October 1, 2010
I WILL….keep a balanced budget, be a strong voice for the people, listen to your concerns.
Wildomar is a City in progress; we need to improve our roads, keep our parks open and have strong police and fire departments – and one day our own community center.
At that time, local government didn’t exist. If we wanted to touch government, we had to drive to Riverside. That was before the freeway was in, so it took awhile to get there. So it was nice to have some input [with the MAC]. In the three years that I was on there, the library went in. We didn’t get to pick the name, but we did get to pick many of the things… what the building was going to look like, the colors. That kind of got me started.
Ms. Swanson’s memory is a bit fuzzy, the Mission Trail Library was opened on July 28, 2001. The library was named the Mission Trail Library because it served more than just the people of wildomar (per http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2001/Jul/27/library-to-open-in-wildomar/ )
The 15 freeway was opened in 1985 per
By Kim Harris on October 31, 2014
Swanson said if re-elected she will work to do what is best for the city of Wildomar and its residents.
“I am asking to be re-elected because I do not see myself as a politician, but as a community member,” she said. “I will work for the good of Wildomar residents. Wildomar has been my home for 40 years. I am a wife, mother, grandmother and businesswoman. I care where we are now and about the future of Wildomar.”
Her Person Goal statement on the city website says:
To have local control and balanced growth within our City.