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McGirr Runs on the Platform of Community Service

Brad McGirr says the city doesn't have major issues, but wants to serve the community because that's who he is. The planning commissioner gets emotional several times.

There were times when Brad McGirr's emotions nearly got the best of him. With more than 80 supporters looking on—friends, family, some people he had not met but respected for their openness to new ideas—McGirr formally launched his campaign for City Council of Rancho Santa Margarita.

McGirr's message before well-wishers at Rancho Santa Margarita Honda was one of service to the community. He got teary-eyed no fewer than three times as he spoke, but prefaced his comments at the outset that he might get misty-eyed "because I care."

He is running, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"council-race-brad-mcgirr-s-candidate-statement"} --> for the two-year seat that was created when Gary Thompson resigned early in 2011. Also vying for the seat are and

Julie McGirr September 18, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Thank you for writing such a great article, Martin, and thank you to the many many people who helped make this evening such a wonderful success!
Stamper September 18, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I'm really happy that Brad McGirr is running. I've been hearing good things about him for awhile now, and it's nice to actually hear his speech. I agree with everything he said. I'm also impressed to see that so many people support him. It says a lot when you have the support of the other city council members, past mayors, and planning commissioners. it looks like there were a lot of people there too.
Mike Whiting September 18, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Watch this video. This is the kind of guy who should be in office. Mr. McGirr might be the first politician I have ever liked.
Craig W. Leinert September 19, 2012 at 03:19 AM
As opposed to some of the others who might run for office this year, this guy is a credit to the city. I said once before that I would support him, but after reading this article and watching the video, I'm behind McGirr 100%.
Bob Hayden September 19, 2012 at 02:19 PM
As a 20+ year resident of RSM, I am fortunate to know all 3 candidates running for the 2-year city council seat. As a "nice problem to have" all 3 are a credit to our community and are deserving of support. While there may be some tough campaign issues/battles for the 4-year positions, I find it difficult to say anything but positives in my associations with Brad McGirr, Glenn Acosta, or Larry McCook. If there were a motion for an increased council size, candidates like this are the best argument for it.
Lawrence (Larry) McCook September 19, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Thanks for the kind words.
April Josephson September 19, 2012 at 06:00 PM
The campaign for the two-year seat is a gentleman's race—akin to the campaigns RSM has always had prior to 2010—and one of the reasons our community is so great. I'm glad to see this, and look forward to more of it. Brad had a great cross-section of the community come out to support him. It was a great event in support of a great candidate.
R. Freedman September 19, 2012 at 06:10 PM
This video was wonderful. Mr. McGirr certainly has my support!
Glenn Acosta September 20, 2012 at 03:46 AM
I personally like Brad and Larry, so I see it as running with them and not against them. I'd rather that we focus on how we would make our community better. After all, that's what it's about.
Mike Proctor September 20, 2012 at 06:59 AM
well said April.
April Josephson September 23, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Nicely put, Glenn. It is all about the community :-)

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