Sun City Barber Nick Martin Pulls Papers to Run for City Council

A fourth candidate announced the intention to run for Menifee City Council in District 1 when Nick Martin pulled papers at City Hall on Wedn...

A fourth candidate announced the intention to run for Menifee City Council in District 1 when Nick Martin pulled papers at City Hall on Wednesday.

Martin, 61, is the owner of Nick's Barber Shop in Sun City. A longtime resident and business owner in the community, Martin said Wednesday his goal is to improve relations between Sun City residents and Menifee city officials.

Martin does not align himself with the group of longtime Sun City residents who regularly attend City Council meetings and speak out against increased development in the area. Although he admits feeling in the past that "Sun City was sort of being ignored," Martin says he now has a better understanding of the relationship between the communities and wants to help make it better.

"My grandpa taught me a long time ago, you either become a part of the solution or you're part of the problem," Martin said. "I've had a really big eye opener recently. Not only is there not a scheme against Sun City, there is actually a movement to refurbish the area.

"I'm not the kind of person who can't admit he held the wrong view. But that doesn't mean I don't want to be a part of the refurbishment of Sun City. I don't have a perfect past and I might not be the most astute guy on the block, but I have something to contribute."

Martin is a Vietnam veteran and former commander of the Winchester VFW post. He has no prior experience in city government and admits he waited until virtually the last minute to pull paperwork. Candidates have only until Friday to return their paperwork with the required amount of signatures in order to be certified for the ballot.

"I agonized over this," Martin said. "But I know that Del Webb had a vision for people my age in this area, and I'd like to do my part to protect that and keep it alive."

If Martin qualifies for the ballot, he will oppose incumbent Sue Kristjansson and Greg August, who have already qualified, and Carol Sullivan, who has not yet been certified for the election.

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