Protest organizer to run for Temecula City Council seat

Denton Burr, who has said he helped organize Black Lives Matter protests at the Temecula Duck Pond and a march to Temecula City Hall, has failed to qualify to run for a Temecula City Council seat. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

A 24-year-old who helped organize the two weeks of protests at the Temecula Duck Pond against the death of George Floyd and police brutality has announced his candidacy for a seat on the Temecula City Council.

Denton Burr will challenge Mike Naggar, who represents District 2 on the city council, in the November general election. Naggar has served on the council since 1999 and as mayor six times.

“Burr is thrilled to announce that he will run on a platform of change and representation for all,” Burr’s campaign said in a statement.

Burr would be second Black man to be elected to the Temecula City Council, and the third to serve on the council overall.

The only other Black man elected to the Temecula City Council since the city’s incorporation in 1989 is current Riverside County District 3 Supervisor Chuck Washington, who held his seat on the council from 2003 to 2015, and served as mayor twice in that time. Michael McCracken was appointed to the council to fill Washington’s seat after he resigned to join the Board of Supervisors, but was never elected.

“Be the change,” Burr said in his candidacy announcement. “If you want to see change you must be the one to inspire it. Whether it be within your own community, within law enforcement, or even within the education system. As long as you are capable of taking that first step, change is possible”

According to his candidacy announcement, Burr is a web developer and a native of New York who moved to Temecula about a year ago “to chase the American dream.”

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