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Debra Lewis and Paul Wyatt, Dana Point

Dear Dana Point Residents,

We celebrate Dana Point residents’ collective victory. You decided that change was needed in Dana Point, and you carried that conviction to the ballot box. You put aside cynicism and placed your faith in two of your neighbors who believe with all their hearts in the simple truth that we all deserve a city that puts residents first and works to preserve our quality of life.

We are so thrilled and grateful for the trust you have shown in us. Although our city faces many challenges, let us assure you that we are ready to meet those challenges. We have already started working, but we ask you to understand that change will not be quick and it will not be easy. But, it will come.

We pledge to each of you today that our decisions will be open and transparent. We will review the facts and carefully weigh the options with just one question to be answered—what do we believe is best for the residents of Dana Point? We will show you the respect and decency you deserve as voters, as residents, as human beings when you come to a Council meeting and tell us your problem, asking for our help. We look forward to serving you to the best of our abilities.

To the many, many people who volunteered their time for us, who opened their homes and invited their friends and neighbors to talk to us, who donated their hard-earned money to us, who stood on street corners at 7 a.m. in the chilly mornings to hold up our signs and wave at passing cars, who put our signs in their yards, who canvassed their neighborhoods, who voted for us, and in short, who believed in us, we can only offer our all too inadequate simple words of thank you. We could not have succeeded without any one of you, and we are so proud that you wanted to play a role in the effort.

We would also like to take this opportunity to commend each of the candidates who ran but did not win. We know how you gave your time and energy and devoted many hours away from family and friends only because you want to give back to your community.

Finally, thank you Dana Point for listening, supporting and believing in us to represent you!

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