Sergio Gonzalez, a conservative Republican and retired firefighters from Anaheim Hills, is ending his campaign for Council District 6. He made the announcement yesterday on his Facebook page:
It is finished
The Bible tells us, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Ecc 3:1 NIV)
Almost nine months ago, some of our city’s leaders convinced me to throw my hat into the ring for City Council. They and I both believed that my career as a firefighter and business owner gave me a unique perspective to help turn our city around.
This wasn’t an exercise in ego-fulfillment for me. I entered into this because I wanted to help my city. My daughters are in college, and I want the city they come home to visit to be more like the place they remembered. I wanted to make our city safer, with plans to improve our police and fire services. I wanted to fight back against the rising tide that has been treating local businesses with hostility, instead of open arms. I wanted to stand up for Anaheim Hills and put my four decades of firefighting service to use in crafting new fire prevention strategies that could stand as ongoing future policy to protect local homeowners. I wanted to make a difference.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be in the cards. As much as I am disappointed to have to say it, today I am ending my campaign for City Council. It has become clear that the realities of campaign politics require a financial largesse that unfortunately I haven’t been able achieve. It just hasn’t come together. Noble intentions cannot outdo something that isn’t in God’s plans.
I am disappointed, don’t get me wrong. Life will go on, though. I will still look to have my voice heard, blessed with the wisdom to have learned these past nine months who my friends really are. I plan to stay involved, unsure at the moment what that might mean. I still worry about the direction of our city, and remain concerned about the choices that are being made.
For those who have stepped up and helped, to those who this process has allowed us to reconnect, and to those who I have met during these past few months, saying that I am beyond grateful for your support barely begins to convey my appreciation for you. It has meant the world to me.
P.S. To those of you who donated after June 14th by check, your checks have not been deposited and will be returned. I will begin refunding deposited donations in the near future.
I’ve gotten to know Sergio during the last several months. He is a man of deep faith, a family man who is devoted to his wife and daughters and a patriot who loves our country. He launched a run for city council out of deep concern about the direction of his community, and that made the hard decision to withdraw when it didn’t appear to be in the cards. An ego-driven candidate wouldn’t do that, and it became apparent to me from our first conversation that Sergio is not an ego-driven person. The decision he just made is a tough one for any candidate, but in my experience, those candidates who process it the best are those most firmly rooted in faith and family.
It is heartening to read Sergio’s pledge to stay involved in Anaheim civic affairs. There is a battle being waged by highly-ideological progressive activists and union leaders to yank Anaheim city government irrevocably to the Left. What is needed is citizens like Sergio Gonzalez – folks who are committed to the first principles in which American liberty and limited government are anchored – to rally and fight back. I think it is safe to say Sergio’s voice will continue to be heard.