Upon opening my sample ballot I was astonished to see the affiliation of one of the candidates, Michele Hall, listed as “community volunteer.” When did a past president of the Laguna Beach Republican Club and chair of the OC GOP become a community service volunteer versus a political service volunteer? (Or, is it employee? I’m not sure in the case of the latter). While I would defend every Americans right to work or volunteer for any political party of their choosing, subterfuge is less defensible. It seems like a stretch of semantics to use the “community” label for political work. Plus, if one has been actively working/volunteering for a major political group, why not list it? It was a high leadership position.
Laguna has already had enough problems with city council candidates omitting details or “fluffing” their resume (as we say in business). Listing political work as community work is questionable, if not dishonest.
Deborah Laughton, Laguna Beach