Lake Elsinore candidates set for city council election


Ryan Byrne
As of Aug. 18, two candidates have filed nomination papers seeking election to Lake Elsinore City Council’s 3rd District, while no election will be held for the 1st District due to a recent decision by that city’s council. This year’s general election will take place Nov. 6.
Incumbent Daryl Hickman will seek re-election for his seat representing the 3rd District.
Hickman, who has been on the council since 2001, has an MBA in finance. He attended both Wayne State University and University at Buffalo. An Air Force veteran, he also worked in manufacturing and currently works as a substitute teacher in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District. After his tenure as treasurer for the HOA in the Tuscany Hills neighborhood, Hickman decided to run for city council.
Hickman said that his top priorities for the city are to add more jobs to the economy, cut taxes, increase property value, add more parks and to make the city safer by cutting crime and working to fight homelessness. He is currently working to bring Shanxi Guangyu LED Lighting Co. Ltd. to the city to help stimulate job growth. Hickman says he will bring experience, knowledge and good connections to the council.
Tim Sheridan will be running against Hickman for the 3rd District seat in November. Sheridan graduated from Onondaga Community College in 1986, State University of New York, College at Oswego in 1989 and The University of Akron School of Law in 1992. Sheridan worked at various radio stations while in college including 62 WHEN and hosting his own program on 104.7 KIX FM. Since 1996 he has worked as a national field representative for National Treasury Employees Union. Sheridan was defeated by incumbent Congressman Ken Calvert in his bid for the U.S. Representative for California’s 42nd Congressional District in 2014 and 2016.
Sheridan says that if elected he will, “fight for what’s best for the people of Lake Elsinore and District 3.” He said that his main goals are to find a permanent solution for the city’s traffic problem, enhance public safety by allocating necessary resources to police and firefighters and make Lake Elsinore the best place to live and raise a family in Southwest Riverside County. He intends to improve transparency by holding “regular town hall meetings in District 3 neighborhoods.” Sheridan has received an endorsement from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
First District Councilman Brian Tisdale is running unopposed and therefore will retain his seat on council. City Council approved a motion to remove his name from the ballot, according to a representative from the city clerk’s office. This election will mark the first time in Lake Elsinore’s 130 year history that city council elections will be held on a by-district format instead of at-large as it had in previous elections.
The change came about in response to a threat of litigations related to the California Voting
Rights Act of 2001.
With the by-district elections, voters from each district will elect their own council representative with the mayor being appointed in rotation or by council vote.
The 1st District is designated the Lake Edge District and has most of its population on the
southeast side and south of the city around the lake, while the 3rd district is designated the Lake Elsinore Hills District to the southeast.
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