Irvine: OC Register Endorses Wagner for Mayor, Shea and Kuo for City Council

The Orange County Register editorial board has endorsed Assemblyman Don Wagner for mayor, and Councilwoman Christina Shea and Anthony Kuo for city council.

From the endorsement of Wagner:

Among his top priorities are fighting for lower taxes and regulations and encouraging a healthy business climate to allow for job opportunities and economic growth — empowering businesses so they can empower employees, as he puts it.

Wagner believes that Irvine should be allowed to continue growing, though he noted that it had strayed a bit from the business/education/residential balance set out in the city’s original master plan in 1971. New developments should be consistent with that plan and be sure to mitigate effects such as additional traffic. On the latter point, he would like to bring back a Transportation Commission comprised of citizens and professionals, and create a traffic “czar” position to offer expertise and oversight on congestion and other traffic-related issues.

But Don Wagner has long been a consistent voice for low taxes and regulations and limited, nonintrusive government. His local and legislative experience would serve him — and Irvine residents — well as mayor.

The Editorial Board recommends a vote for Don Wagner on Nov. 8

You can read the entire editorial here.

From the endorsement of Shea and Kuo:

When looking at the type of leadership necessary for the city, there is no candidate more deserving of an endorsement than Councilwoman Christina Shea.

Shea understands the residents and the community and she has been a consistent, prudent voice on a council often times divided by unnecessary politics. In fact, Councilwoman Shea has demonstrated her unquestionable leadership as an advocate for the city and its residents.

On some of the most sensitive issues the city faced over the last several years Shea has been a deciding factor in successes for the city — most notably holding the city accountable and keeping its promise to ensure the Great Park would begin to be built, and built well. Not only that, she has been a strong advocate for driving economic activity for the city.

There are two open seats on the Irvine council this year as longtime Irvine Councilwoman Beth Krom is retiring from the council. To fill the second seat on the Irvine City Council we recommend Planning Commissioner Anthony Kuo. There are numerous smart and vibrant candidates running this year, but Kuo embodies many of the admirable characteristics of Councilwoman Shea. And it says a lot about him that Shea is supporting his candidacy.

Having served on the Irvine Planning Commission, Kuo also keenly understands the issues of growth and community development, and how to responsibly manage those while at the same time steward the city’s resources.

Irvine deserves thoughtful leaders who understand the community. Vote for Christina Shea and Anthony Kuo for Irvine City Council.

You can read the entire editorial here.

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