Temecula Councilman Naggar announces he won’t seek reelection this year

Mike Naggar. Valley News/City of Temecula courtesy photo

Temecula City Councilman Mike Naggar will not seek reelection this November.

The 23-year council member, whose fifth term in office will conclude at the end of 2020, made the announcement on Facebook Wednesday morning.

“I love the city more than I can say, more than I could have ever imagined when I was elected at age 37,” Naggar said in his Facebook post. “Prayerfully, with a tear in my eye, I wanted to let you all know that I  will not be seeking re-election this November.”

The councilman attributed his decision to family obligations.

“You all know I have always promoted Temecula as being a ‘Family First’ city,” Naggar said in his Facebook post. “Liam will be entering high school this year and he needs his dad to be right there with him. There will be Friday night lights, girls, dances and of course, studies.”

Naggar’s history with public service began in 1997, when he was appointed to the city of Temecula’s Planning Commission. He was first elected to the City Council two years later in 1999, and served as Temecula’s mayor five times, in 2004, 2008, 2013, 2016 and 2019.

Naggar made the announcement the night after he and the rest of the City Council agreed to leave vacant the city council seat of former Mayor James Stewart, who was also up for reelection in November until his resignation earlier this month.

“Serving on the council was my ministry to God and country,” Naggar said. “I know in the future I will find other ways to serve. For now, I intend to finish the race strong through the end of the year.”

The councilman referenced a bible verse in the final line of his announcement.

“‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful”’ (  2nd Tim 4-7),” Naggar wrote.

The filing window for Naggar’s district 2 seat on the City Council runs from July 13 to Aug. 7. So far, only one candidate has announced their intention to run for the seat.

Will Fritz can be reached by email at wfritz@reedermedia.com.