Danny Smiechowski competing in a triathlon. Courtesy of the author

By Daniel ‘Danny’ Smiechowski

I think that being a fifty-year resident of my district will make me a better San Diego City Council member.

While no rational person would believe that time alone will make a candidate more suited for elected office, most voters would agree that how the time was spent makes all the difference. So, I have chosen to run for San Diego City Council because, quite frankly, I have a vested interest in the city I love.

One of my mottos is “Leave nobody behind.” Too many of us have been left behind in San Diego. I have a plan to fix our sidewalks so that children and the elderly are free from harm. I have a compromise plan for short-term vacation rentals which calls for strict enforcement and code compliance laws. And these are just two examples of what plagues our city.

As a former lifeguard, surfer, long distance swimmer and Ironman triathlete going back 40 years, I will never cease in protecting the public safety — including the environmental safety — of San Diego. As a former public and private school teacher in my district, I will never waiver in the safeguarding of our most precious resource — our children. As a former local caregiver, I will never lose hope in the care of our seniors. As a landlord, I will continue to voluntarily reduce rent for the homeless and veterans. And as a real estate professional for over 40 years, I will seek a common ground on land use issues.

My campaign is not about elites, political correctness and dysfunctional political parties. My campaign is about you, the common citizen, who seeks a better life in the city we all love so dearly.

I’m a graduate of our local schools, including Marston Junior High, Clairemont High School, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego State University and Alliant University. My educational background is in the French language, linguistics, sociology, real estate, philosophy and politics. I have a combined total of more than 10 years on the Clairemont Community Planning Group and Clairemont Town Council.

In closing, if you care about Mission Bay, our beautiful beaches, the SDSU West expansion, and perhaps bringing another NBA franchise to our city, then you will support my campaign for San Diego City Council.

I’m not perfect but will be held to your high standards.

Daniel ‘Danny” Smiechowski will be a candidate for San Diego City Council in District 2 in June. He is a Clairemont resident, prolific writer on education issues, and former candidate for San Diego Unified School District Board of Education.

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