Imperial Beach City Council Candidate Question #3:
“What is the single most important thing in the City of Imperial Beach environment that we are not talking about, but should be?
One of my personal campaign goals, once elected, is to work towards building some consensus on the City Council and move to establish additional City ordinances on Campaign Finance Reform. I believe the City of Coronado has some very practical and common sense ordinances governing Campaign contributions and donations - Imperial Beach would do well to follow their lead in this regard.
The influx (and potential influences) of larger donations (recently limited by the State to $4900.00 maximum per person per election) from individuals, PACs and businesses needs to brought further in line with Coronado’s current campaign limitations, I believe.
I would propose the following monetary donation limits for future Imperial Beach elections: $200 per individual, $500 per family/household and $1000 per PAC or Business.
Even with the relatively recent (Jan 1, 2021) State donation reduction, the City of Imperial Beach will probably have the four mayoral candidates raise and spend more than $150,000 in this election cycle alone.
This trend can certainly become more problematic in the future and may even serve to disenfranchise a portion of the voting electorate.
Vol. 38, No. 42 - Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022
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