Green Working on "Grassroots Campaign" for Menifee Mayor

Saying he plans to run a grassroots campaign and give more of a voice to the people, John Green is...

Saying he plans to run a grassroots campaign and give more of a voice to the people, John Green is making plans to collect the necessary signatures in order to qualify for a run as mayor of Menifee.

Green grew up in the Temecula Valley and has lived in Menifee since 2005. The 40-year-old bachelor has not previously run for public office but says he has strong feelings about the need for public input in a city as fast-growing as Menifee.

"We have a good opportunity with the approval of the city's general plan to decide how we will handle growth," Green said. "We need to have some responsible direction that represents the people. I've seen how Murrieta and Temecula have grown out and I think some things got a little out of control.

"I'm definitely pro growth, but it needs to be growth the public has a chance to discuss before it happens."

Green, a real estate broker, says he would have more public forums and make sure the residents' wishes are known and respected.

"One thing I can bring to the city is that I'm coming from the outside and I have the kinds of questions anyone in the community would have," he said. "I want to make sure everything is being done in the public's interests and that our rights are protected."

Green has until Aug. 8 to return completed application papers in order to be qualified as a candidate. Incumbent Scott Mann has already done so. George Rackstraw and Paul Wiggins also have pulled papers but have not yet returned them.

The election for mayor and city council seats in Districts 2 and 4 will take place Nov. 4.

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