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Why Kids and Families Must be a Priority in Imperial Beach

Over the past month during my campaign to be the next Mayor of Imperial Beach, I have had the opportunity to talk to a variety of IB residents, business owners, and religious leaders about their vision for Imperial Beach and their priorities for our community. 

What I have heard again and again that is it not enough only to invest in the beachfront if we ignore our neighborhoods and the people who inhabit our city, especially our children. I have heard repeatedly that the City of Imperial Beach urgently needs to prioritize investing in safe streets, strong neighborhoods and clean beaches so that our children and families have a secure, safe and happy life.

But more importantly I have heard again and again that we need to make sure that everyone is treated equally and fairly when they interact with the City of Imperial Beach and especially the Mayor. I have been told repeatedly that that we need a Mayor who cares about the residents of our community and treats everyone with respect and dignity.

We need a Mayor who believe that if members of our community attend and speak at a City Council, then they should be thanked and recognized for contributing to the richness of our democracy rather than made to feel that they are in the way and unimportant.  And more importantly, that when residents attempt to contact the Mayor they are given the courtesy of receiving a response.

As a first generation American and 42-year IB resident who attended elementary school, junior high and high school here, what my meetings with my friends and neighbors has reminded me of is that we have a wonderful culture of caring, community, equality and respect in Imperial Beach.  But that our ethic of caring and empathy is something that we desperately need down at City Hall, and one of the main reasons I am running to be our next Mayor.

So please join me at www.facebook.com/sergededina4IBMayor and support me in my bid to become the next Mayor of Imperial Beach. Because we need a Mayor of our beautiful, family-friendly, blue collar beach town who believes that everyone should be treated equally and fairly and that our city should put kids, families and neighborhoods first.  

Serge Dedina is a candidate for Mayor of Imperial Beach. He can be reached at sergededina@gmail.com or via www.facebook.com/sergededina4IBMayor.


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Tom Summers February 22, 2014 at 09:40 PM
It's time for a change, Serge. Good luck in running a clean, open and positive campaign. If it gets negative, secretive or dirty, forget about it. Dirty, meaning accepting help from the wrong sources. Fortunately we have new ways to get the message out which do not require huge amounts of money, like Facebook and Patch. And many of these ways are interactive. Now if I could just vote online.....Tom Summers, permanent traveler, permanent absentee ballot voter.
Dante Pamintuan February 23, 2014 at 04:49 PM
Thank you Serge. Well said and very relevant. Many of my neighbors in Seaside Point that I've talked with agree that a change is needed at City Hall. Too much special interests going on and not enough community involvement.
Dakota Cole March 21, 2014 at 11:18 AM
If Serge thought kids were a priority, he would have been working on making our schools better years ago. So that his kids could go to school here and not be shipped off to Coronado. Why don't your kids go to school in IB Serge? My kids go to school here. I believe someone running for mayor should send their kids to school where they live. What do you all think?

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