Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008 | Dear Mr. Lewis,

Impressive sums of money have been “raised” by the candidates for San Diego City Council. Ian Trowbridge mentioned John Hartley, who did more than anyone in the past to make these seats competitive, and who is not raising large sums of money. But he failed to mention native Californian, long-time San Diego businessman Paul Broadway.

A retired Navy Seal and successful businessman, Paul Broadway has developed keen skills and discipline that will put him on the doorsteps of District 3 residents, talking about things many of us don’t want to hear, but willing to give Paul a listen because, quite frankly, he tells it like it is. And, with most of the problems we as a community face, he will offer well thought out solutions.

If he is successful in getting a new message out — and I don’t put it past him — he is going to surprise the “new establishment.” I’d love to see Hartley and Broadway finish in the top spots in June. That will give two workhorses 150 days between the primary and general election, to show San Diego and the rest of the nation, that there is one district, in a large city, in the greatest nation on Earth, where you can’t buy an American election!

The voters of District 3 can take a stand against special interest money by electing only candidates who offer a friendly handshake at their front door, and not a handout to developers who shuffle donations to the candidate who will serve their selfish interests.

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