Former Menifee Mayor, Current Council Member Wallace Edgerton to Run in Dist. 3

Longtime city councilman and former Menifee Mayor Wallace Edgerton made it official this week, reque...

Longtime city councilman and former Menifee Mayor Wallace Edgerton made it official this week, requesting paperwork to apply for a city council seat in District 3 for the upcoming municipal election.

Edgerton, 78, served 17 years on the Long Beach City Council before moving to Menifee. He received the most votes in the first Menifee city council election in 2008 and was appointed mayor, holding that position for three years. For the last year, he has served as a city council member during John Denver's term as mayor.

Under a new voting system this year, the mayor will be selected as an at-large position by the voters rather than appointed by council members. Edgerton had no comment regarding a rumor he had considered running for mayor in November rather than for the council seat in District 3, where he will oppose planning commissioner Bill Zimmerman.

Edgerton has been outspoken in his opposition to what he considers excessive business and housing development that is being pushed by other council members and some in the community.

"Over the course of my tenure, I was good friends with Fred Twyman," said Edgerton about the former city council member, who died last year. "I became a disciple of his regarding the amount of development we should have. We recognized that many people moved from large cities here to come to a small town. We like it the way it is.

"I don't agree with this push by others to generate more houses, which means more traffic and less security. We need a few amenities, such as a theater, small restaurants and some ballparks for the youth. But I've done a lot of walking and talking to people in town, and I think I'm in sync with what they want. If people wanted to live in a big city, they should've stayed there."



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  1. He can't run in District 3, he lives on the west side of the freeway, I think that is District 2. Unless he just moved.

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  2. His longtime three year tenure on the council has not gone on unnoticed.

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  3. He just moved into my tract. Lake Ridge Estates in Menifee Lakes off Menifee Rd.

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  4. We are delighted to see that Mr. Edgerton is going to run for the 3rd District? We need him on the council along with August and Mann. If things are not changed soon for the betterment of Menifee we will be overrun with traffic and low income homes that we don't need! There are so many empty homes all around Menifee that it is sad to see! Why build more?

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  5. Will his health and age allow him to serve a four year term?

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  6. He's only 78. I think he should be around for 4 more.

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  7. to 12:05am...How long is a sentence? translation? who knows!

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  8. A look at his previous years of political experience certainly gives insight into what you might expect from him in the future.

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  9. To 10:46.....who knows? translation....why bother?

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  10. I'm so happy that he now lives on our side of the freeway. He now can feel that pain that we feel with all the traffic issues. In addition, he will fight to keep the low income housing out of Menifee. We DON'T need anymore housing here, period!! Good business' and dining are needed. Really wish he'd run for mayor again!

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  11. I believe the comment about his health was referring to his recent lung transplant. He is the oldest living lung transplant recipient, according to Mr. Edgerton. Also, his wife has cancer, and this has caused a great deal of strain on he and his family. I'm certain that if he was in normal health, the question of age wouldn't have been raised.

    Also, I find it a bit offensive that he assumes that we all moved to Menifee because we wanted a small town. Most of my neighbors are excited about growth, more businesses, more tax money to fix the roads, and more amenities. If I wanted a small town with nothing, I would have moved to Winchester. I moved here because I liked the size of the home I got for the price, like most of my friends.

    I find it offensive that he says "If I wanted a big city, I should have stayed there." Wow! Is he the one to tell me where I should live now?

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  12. "But I've done a lot of walking and talking to people in town, and I think I'm in sync with what they want."
    Is this the same group of people he talked to over the Wal-mart issue?

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