By Eric Heinz
A few students from the high school graduating class of 2018 and other young politicians are intending to run for their respective City Councils. Some of the students only gained the right to vote within the last year, as some are 18 years old.
As of July 11, there were six candidates who are endorsed by the Orange County Students 4 City Council group including Jackson Hinkle and Jake Rybczyk are running for San Clemente City Council; Ian Macdonald, 20, is running for Buena Park City Council’s District 2; Jose Trinidad Castañeda, 27, is running for Fullerton City Council; Mahmoud El-Farra, 18, is running for Mission Viejo City Council; and Manuel Chavez, 22, Costa Mesa City Council’s District 4. More candidates could join the organization in the future.
In order to receive support by the group, candidates must be 27 years old or younger, pledge not to take any corporate funding for their campaign and raise funds through grassroots donations. The Students coalition has also hosted events where they encouraged people to register to vote.
The organization has already received some notable press in interviews with web-based progressive show The Young Turks and various local media.
Orange County Students for City Council intends to host events and possibly its own candidate forum in the coming months. Candidates are not officially able to pull nomination papers for City Council in Dana Point until Monday, July 16 for the Nov. 6 general election. The Dana Point Times will report and keep an update on candidates as nomination papers are pulled for Dana Point’s City Council election.