Meet the candidates for Hemet City Council District 1

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Editor’s note: There are nine candidates for the three Hemet City Council seats opening as listed on the Nov. 3 general election local ballot. This week, readers have the opportunity to meet the candidates for that council’s District 1. Candidate Kenneth Prado did not respond to Valley News’ requests for interviews before press time and should he choose to respond, this information will be published at a later date.

Karlee Meyer

Incumbent Karlee Meyer is a Hemet resident living in Hemet’s District 1. She is married and has four children and has served on the council for the past four years.

“I am absolutely pleased by the number of individuals willing to put their names on the ballot and represent the citizens of Hemet,” she said. “This speaks to the passion that is burning inside our city and we are ready for change. Elections can often bring division, but instead I encourage everyone to see this as a time when community leaders are standing up for you. Although only one candidate will win each position, it will take everyone participating far past November to get work done. Let’s lock arms and move forward. We stand together for the Hemet we once knew as an ideal place to live, work and raise a family, for the safety, prosperity and sustainability I experienced growing up here in Hemet and for the transparency as I fight for open government and open discussions of our city’s financial conditions. We will work to get Hemet back on track.”

Meyer said she stands on her record.

“I persuaded council to save at least $1 million annually by changing from a premium workers’ compensation plan; voted to terminate high priced attorney services ($2.1 million annually) but was outvoted; voted against the budget violating terms of Measure U while council majority continues to collect the tax revenue and reduces public safety services,” she said.

Meyer said she seeks to deliver solutions to homelessness and panhandling, provide opportunities for new businesses and to increase jobs in the valley, to ensure fire and police departments are staffed and equipped to keep you safe; to encourage concerned citizens to develop collective strategies; to improve our processes to meet city needs in a more efficient manner and to serve residents beyond the walls of City Hall.

“I will continue to stand alongside you and fight to see that fabric become vibrant again, despite the challenges that may come my way,” she said.

Meyer can be reached by phone at 951-313-3405.

DeniAntionette Mazingo

Mazingo is a Hemet resident and practicing attorney who said she has made countless contributions to the community, focusing on improving the lives of those less fortunate.

“As 3rd District commissioner for women, I established a program to educate young people about the dangers of human trafficking,” she said.

Mazingo is the first vice president of Soroptimist International of San Jacinto-Hemet Valley, living out the organization’s mission aiding women and girls and developing programs leading to social and economic empowerment, by chairing several fundraisers, providing educational grants and scholarships and working to host an annual Soroptimist Girl Power Conference for sixth and seventh grade girls providing them opportunities to succeed.

Mazingo said she “tirelessly” petitioned the Hemet Valley Medical Center board to resume operating the Rape Crisis Center, which “reopened in May 2015.”

She is national immediate past president of Las Amigas Incorporated, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life and promote the general improvement within their communities. They accomplish this goal through educational programs, by providing nonperishable food items for those children who do not have access to nourishing food during the weekends and by raising funds for scholarships and assist in raising funds for the Children’s Defense Fund. She is also a member of Rotary International, as well as the president of her local chapter of the American Association of University Women.

As president of Ladies of Charity for the San Bernardino Diocese, she initiated the street ministry to serve the homeless by providing meals, clothing and referrals to assist them getting off the streets and living in their cars.

Mazingo is a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and The National Council of Negro Women and is involved in pushing forth the rights of the people of color on all levels. She is a parliamentarian for the Hemet Woman’s Club.

Mazingo was named “The Woman of The Year” by former California Sen. Mike Morrell in 2016. After seeing all the advocacy work she does on a daily basis, she also received the Community Service Award 2020 in recognition of extraordinary service during the COVID-19 pandemic by Human Relations Council of Greater Hemet, San Jacinto and Menifee regions.

Mazingo said she “strives to put her faith first through earnest prayer.”

Norman Kyriss

Kyriss is a local Realtor who has lived in Hemet for 39 years, graduating from Hemet High School in 1986.

“From those famous words spoken by John F. Kennedy in 1961, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.’ I hear way too often, ‘What can the city do for me?’ It’s time we start asking ‘What can I do for my city,’ he said.

Kyriss has worked in real estate for 29 years and is married to his wife Victoria. The couple have three children and four grandsons.

He said, “We need to return civility, decorum and a strong resolve to the Hemet City Council. I am asking for your support in bringing back ‘Hemet is heaven’ a popular slogan that has long been forgotten.”

Before his real estate career, Kyriss worked as a typist, telemarketer, cashier, plumbing salesperson, gas station manager, construction laborer and auto parts sales/assemblyman.

“In my real estate career, I have served from sales to leadership positions, loss mitigation to problem-solving, leasing to management, accounting to contracts, loans to investing, short sales to bank-owned foreclosures, representing buyers and sellers,” he said. “This once small town of Hemet I grew up in has now reached out to me to provide strong direction and proven leadership. We must uphold the true commitment of Measure U supporting Public Safety and local control. City leadership must aggressively attract jobs and economic development, promote a business-friendly safe environment and stay tough on crime. We must take a hard look at unfunded liabilities, protect our senior communities and oppose the elimination of Prop. 13 and continue to keep the pressure on Caltrans mitigating the problems created with the median on Florida Avenue that cut right through the heart of Hemet.

“I am currently serving as a director for Southwest Riverside County Association of Realtors, SRCAR Legislative chairman, SRCAR governing director, Grandfathers for Golf director, Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre director, Masonic Lodge member and a BPOE Elks member.

“My past experiences include Hemet ROCS committee member, Hemet San Jacinto Association of Realtors past president, California Association of Realtors risk management liaison and Federal Committee member, Spirit West Coast volunteer, Habitat for Humanity past director and Family Selection chairman,” he said.

“Your voice matters,” he said. “I would appreciate your vote for Hemet City Council District 1.”

Kyriss can be reached at 951-202-9754 or NormKyriss@gmail.com.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at tault@reedermedia.com.