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State Assembly Candidates To Square Off In Wildomar

The 67th State Assembly District Candidates Forum is being co-hosted by the Lake Elsinore Valley, Wildomar, Canyon Lake and Murrieta chambers of commerce.

A 67th State Assembly District Candidates Forum is slated for Oct. 18 at and attendance could be high as four local chambers of commerce collaborate to host the event featuring candidates Melissa Melendez and Phil Paule.

The forum, slated to begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s multi-purpose room at 35445 Porras Road, is being co-hosted by the Lake Elsinore Valley, Wildomar, Canyon Lake and Murrieta chambers of commerce. Gene Wunderlich, Government Affairs director for the Southwest Riverside County Association of Realtors, will be moderating the 90-minute event.

The forum is free to the public and Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce president Kim Cousins said he is looking for high turnout.

“This is an important event. I hope the community takes this opportunity to hear what the candidates have to say,” Cousins said.

In addition to serving in their current respective political positions – Melendez as a Lake Elsinore City Council member and Paule as a top aide to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) -- the two conservative Republican candidates have been battling it out on the campaign trail. Both have received a slew of endorsements along the way, and cash on hand for each campaign through June 30 was nearly tied, despite Melendez’s advantage in contributions.

According to campaign disclosure statements, from Jan. 1 through June 30 of this year, Melendez received $223,780 in total contributions, including loans. After expenditures, the campaign’s cash on hand as of June 30 was $17,156.

For the same period, Paule received $146,896.69 in contributions and loans, and after expenditures showed $15,263 in cash on hand as of June 30.

Although the candidates have faced off before, they may be very primed for the Oct. 18 forum: , from 6 to 8 p.m., at Webb Hall, 26850 Sun City Blvd. in Menifee, with Menifee 24/7 Reporter Doug Spoon as moderator. The public is also invited to that event.

For those who live in the 67th State Assembly District (click here to see a map), Cousins encouraged residents to submit questions to their local chamber of commerce for the candidates to answer during the Oct. 18 forum. For more information, visit:

Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce

Wildomar Chamber of Commerce

Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce

Murrieta Chamber of Commerce

Katheryn October 05, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I am voting for Phil Paule he is a normal person who will fight corruption, stimulate the economy as he has done working for Congressman Issa and build a strong future for the next generation. If Melendez gets elected, she'll drive our community into the ground...and she may do it drunk. Phil is one of us -- a business man, a husband and father. When Phil wins, we all win.
Elsinore 33 October 05, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Melissa have five kids and is way too busy, responsible, smart and focused to drink like Paule did when he got the DUI and endangered all of us. There is no way in hell I will vote for the DUI convicted Paulie, I'll vote for the Navy veteran who helped carry the torch of woman aviators in our nation's military..that woman is Melissa Melendez!
Katheryn October 05, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Phil Paule is a family man who is way to busy, responsible, smart, law abidding and focused, a man who has spent much of his life working with one of the true conservative leaders in Congress Darrel Issa. He doesn't have time to be wrecklessly driving and getting all kinds of tickets and more, who do you think that would be? Someone who could still be endangering all of us and breaking the laws of our country and land? I am voting for Phil Paule he is a normal person who will fight corruption, stimulate the economy as he has done working for Congressman Issa and build a strong future for the next generation. If Melendez gets elected, she'll drive our community into the ground...and she may do it drunk. Phil is one of us -- a business man, a husband and father. When Phil wins, we all win.
Duty Bound October 05, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Let's just hope he doesn't get drunk, AGAIN, and drive. How good is that for all of us?
The Republican October 05, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Katheryn what a bunch of bull. A large number of us that are in political groups in the 67th have dealt with both Melendez and Paule. We would call Paule's office and he would seldom follow up with return calls. Katheryn this was not just a pattern with one or two people. Over the years Paule's pattern of being unresponsiveness has been known by hundreds of us who are local citizens involved in politics in the area. We have even gone to places where Paule was attending . We talked to him in person and got the platitudes but then in the following weeks and months the same unresponsiveness continued. However conversely when Melendez was contacted we received responses and followups and involvement. It was the opposite of what Phil Paule did. So voters if you want someone who will ignore citizen concerns and generally be incognito when dealing with serious issues in our area Phil Paule is your man. If though you want someone involved who will follow up and be involved and actually do something then vote for Melissa Melendez
Diana October 05, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I agree with The Republican, I know first hand that Melissa Melendez does get involved and does care about the community. I have had many conversations with here regarding public safety and Lakeside High School and for months we were in constant contact with each other, she kept me posted on the progress of crosswalks, signage and left hand turn lanes that were installed on Machado behind the school. I have also communicated with her on other issues and her responses are not only timely but she will tell you just like it is. Melissa has my vote, I just hate to see her leave the Council, I do believe that she could of made a real differance in Lake Elsinore.
Roberto October 05, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Who did the Howard Jarvis tax group endorse? Answer: Phil Paule, Who voted with a conflict of interest owning property in the area then filing an amended disclosure once discovered? Answer: Malicious Melendez. I've had enough of corrupt politicians, time to elect someone who knows how the political process works and doesn't have a corrupt conflict of interest. Vote Phil Paule!
David Pereira October 06, 2012 at 01:00 AM
I hope Phil Paule doesn't drink and drive tonight. How's that saying go? "once a DUI convict, always a DUI convict." Yeah that might not be the saying but it sure is the truth. I know this a thorn in the side of all his supporters but it's time to face the facts. While Phil Paule was in his thirties, he made the decision to drink and then figured he could get behind the wheel. Luckily the police caught him before he hurt someone. Keep in mind that he was in his thirties while this happened. He wasn't a young man and this wasn't that long ago. Now bring on all the hate against me that you want for stating the facts but people on the Patch need to know this. If you think this man has good judgement and he represents you, then go ahead and vote for him. I personally do not think this man represents me, I don't drink and drive. If there are any parents on here reading this post, for the safety of our streets, don't vote for this drunk driver to represent you. Vote for Melendez. She's the mother of five kids, a Navy veteran, and has never put our lives in danger by driving intoxicated like Phil Paule did. And to end my rant, remember who to vote for my their initials. Melendez's are MM, everyone loves M&M's, Phil Paule's are PP, well, you can figure that out
David Pereira October 06, 2012 at 01:01 AM
You know who doesn't endorse him? The police and every parent in the city
David Pereira October 06, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Does he teach his kids that it's ok to drink and drive?
David Pereira October 06, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Melendez isn't a drunk like Paule. Open your damn yes and get off your vendetta. Stop trying to rally for a guy who breaks the law and puts our lives in danger. It's fine for you to personally not like Melendez but she is absolutely the better choice to represent the people. Paule made some choices as a thirty-something that disgualifies him by judgement errors. I'm sorry but if you have a DUI conviction then you will not win against someone who does not have a DUI conviction. He shouldn't even be able to run in my opinion. He's a convict, plain and simple.
David Pereira October 06, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Melendez has helped me with four separate issues I had with the city. I contacted her through her weekly meetings that she has with the citizens (something NO other council member does) and she had my issues resolved quickly. I don't know what you're talking about with the blight either. The minute she had the courage along with Hickman and Weber to get rid of Brady, the city started looking better. Sidewalks started popping up. Street lights on Mission Trail. You're insane. You're like Obama just making things up. I have actual proof of this councilwoman meeting with residents weekly in a public forum and helping with issues. Where's your proof of her causing blight? You sound like a silly goose.
David Pereira October 06, 2012 at 01:13 AM
The city looks so much better since Brady is gone. If you don't see it then you're just stubborn.
Diana October 06, 2012 at 01:16 AM
My question is that if Melissa did all that you are against her says she does then why was she not prosecuted. If I remember correctly she herself came on here and posted regarding the purchase of a home in the RDA, she invited everyone that slammed her for this to look into it and I believe her words were "my life is a public record, I have nothing to hide", did anyone check to see if or why she wasn't prosecuted? Please answer this instead of just throwing out your accusations. The endorsements for Melissa are many from people of all walks of life, you should check it out, she will win hands down over Phil Paule.
Roberto October 06, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I'll take a drive with Phil Paule who after more than 10 years learned his lesson and moved on. He's even endorsed by the Howard Jarvis tax group. On the other hand or should I say underhand....Malicious conflict of interest exposed and her after the fact disclosure shows her VOTING on items she had no business voting on. I'm not throwing accusations, these are documented FACTS.
Diana October 06, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Again, then why was she not brought up on charges??
The Republican October 06, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Roberto I have met Paule many times and spoken to him for real and dealt with the way he ran Issa's office. You sound like a voter that has just READ about Paule. He was very unresponsive and uninvolved when he ran issa's office. I am sure Issa is now happy he will move on. If you want someone that fakes like they care and will pay lip service to issues and then not follow up and not DO anyhing about issues Phil Paule is the man for you. Melendez will be involved and will follow up and will take action. Being an action person can be dirty Roberto because you piss people off. If you are like Phil Paule and you DO NOTHING you don't piss off people as much and also get nothing done.
The Republican October 06, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Lake Elsinore resident we all know that you are a fake mouth piece for Paule. The Paule machine is as fake as the Obama with the teleprompter and handlers versus the real Obama that stands alone and gets crushed. The image you portray of Paule is just as fake. All the signs in the world will not change what the real Phil Paule is. . He will just ignore us once he is elected.
The Republican October 06, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I attend many dinners and events and Chamber functions. I see Melendez at these places. Do I see Phil Paule? Hell no i don't! What should that tell everyone? Action is everything and signs and slogans mean nothing unless you are involved and engaged and are an action person. Melendez is an action person . Paule is words and slogans. Vote for Melendez!
The Republican October 06, 2012 at 07:22 PM
lake Elsinore Resident you make no sense and sound like a moron. Phil Paule is getting exposed as the do nothing barely there drunk that he is.
Roberto October 06, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Diana 8:51 am on Saturday, October 6, 2012 Again, then why was she not brought up on charges?? REPLY: In political terms these charges are not that old. Can she be charged? Yes! Will she be charged just like George Alongi for the same misdemeanor? Time will will tell. If on the very slim chance she won, that might be when then the charges are brough forward....happened before.
The Republican October 07, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Lake Elsinore Resident you are the one with the Phil Paule lies You promote a Phil Paule that does not exist. Phil Paule is unresponsive....disconnected and an alcoholic. These are the facts about the real Phil Paule. Phil Paule is a loser and does not deserve a vote.
Richard October 07, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Republican what's you problem with all the lies? If someone doesn't go along with your lies you attack them, get a grip slick. Howard Jarvis Tax Group and Congressman Issa endorse Phil Paule, that's good enough for me to cast my vote for Paule.
The Republican October 07, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Richard those endorsements are not good enough for me and others who ACTUALLY have dealt with and spoke to Phil Paule. Phil Paule is all talk and then ALL inaction. We don't need that in the 67th!
Elsinore 33 October 08, 2012 at 01:26 PM
LER, why don't you and your friend wash the stains of lunacy from your "vote for magee" shirts. I saw you, Magee, Cousins, Johnson and someone ealse talking in the parking lot after the forum, I can just imagine the genius that came out of that discussion. Already plotting how to control the council even before they are elected? Melissa will wipe the floor with paulee at the debate, simple as that. She is of sober mind, Paulee was born with a silver spoon in his mouth courtesy of Issa, Melissa has fought her way to the top, first as a woman pioneer aviator in the military, and now as frontrunner for the 67th assembly. I am going to ask the Council to give her a commerative plaque for her pioneering service as a woman aviator, she above all people deserves recognition by the Council. What have you done with your life LER besides write on this blog, from what I see of you, not too much. Potato chips and TV are a dangerous combination, please watch your blood pressure because I will not do CPR on you if you should collapse at a meeting...then again I will, I am a Christian and I am told to love people like you even though you are mean and full of hate to many people.I hope this message makes you stop your hatred and lies, show some compassion...you know melissa is the right choice.
The Republican October 08, 2012 at 02:25 PM
You have nothing LER . Melendez won't be charged because what you are talikng about is just politcally generated garbage. Phil Paule cannot hide what he really is. Too many people have dealt or should I say tried to deal with his inaction to do anything or respond.
Richard October 08, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I agree with LER. Phil Paule is the best person to represent me in the 67th District and he has my vote.
Diana Serafin October 08, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Melissa's driver record is 100% clean. It was Phil Paule spreading lies and used another Melissa Melendez driver record. He got caught and had to retrack his lie he spread. If Issa really knew what Phil Paule did, he would be gone. He tried to take credit for volunteers working on the dream act petition. He said"look what I did".... he had NOTHING to do with the 12 volunteers working with KFI.
I'll be at the Sun City event. Hope to meet you there, don't be shy! PAUL ANGULO / RIVERSIDE COUNTY AUDITOR-CONTROLLER / UNITED STATES ARMY VETERAN
The Republican October 09, 2012 at 06:25 AM
Paule and Obama are both scum and won't get in.

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