“A politician thinks of the next election – a statesman of the next generation.”- James Freeman Clarke

I’ve known Paul Broadway since he was a young sailor stationed in Coronado. He would stop in for a few beers at our neighborhood pub, often accompanied by Navy Seals and other sailors, who looked up to Paul because of his experience in martial arts and knowledge of world affairs. I enjoyed talking with Paul because he always knew something about nearly everything. But first he would listen to what I or someone else would have to say. And that impressed me. And I’m still impressed. Paul doesn’t put on airs, and when he explains his take on an issue, his answers are clear and always respectful of the opposing side’s opinion. His very calm nature invites open discussion, punctuated by breaks of laughter, but always seeming to end with a consensus among those in the debate of how best to solve any particular problem. I’ve been to lots of neighborhood, recreation council and other meetings where I’ve witnessed Paul bring opposing sides together where they can reach common ground on many long standing disputes.

“At the Broadways’, all differences in politics are secondary to the overall goal of bringing openness and honesty back to city government.” Steve Casey, volunteer

Being at a campaign strategy meeting for Paul Broadway is an experience unlike any other I’ve had in my many years of political involvement. When you arrive at his home, you are met first by Paul’s 13-year-old dog Spencer, a friendly canine who greats you with two or three wags of his tail, and a look that tells guests to sit anywhere, except on his corner of the couch. Cold beer and hot dogs make up the menu on most meeting nights, and a tray of deviled eggs or fresh fruit are appetizing snacks placed just out of reach of Spencer. At the dining room table sits Marcia Broadway, Paul’s wife of 21 years grading her students’ homework assignments. Rock and roll is on the stereo, and if it was any place else but the Broadway home on a Friday campaign meeting night, I’d have guessed I was at the beginnings of a pretty nice party. Here’s a few reasons why we are here (more will be posted later):

Paul refuses all campaign donations and does not seek endorsements from any group or individuals. He only asks for your vote. In trade, Paul promises to represent you.

Paul has the support of many cops and firefighters, retirees and students, families and friends who walk precincts and hand paint the signs on recycled paper, urging all to Elect Paul Broadway to City Council.

Paul is a homeowner and carpools to work or takes the bus and trolley.

Paul has a broad spectrum of work experience in both the government and private sector. Besides being a former business owner, policeman, correctional officer, government administrator and manager, Paul has served on the Greater Golden Hill Planning Committee for two terms; the 32nd Street Canyon Task force; the Federal Safety Council; and he was the chairman of the Parks Subcommittee for the GGHPC. He is currently the Chairman of the Golden Hill Recreation Council; a member of the San Diego City Parks II Committee; and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, post 7420 in Barrio Logan. A more complete list is available on his website.

— ED WIGDAHL

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