Saturday, September 19, 2020

The Richard Bailey I’ve Come to Know

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Submitted by Jacques Spitzer

I am a Coronado local, my parents live here, I went to middle school and high school here and my wife and I are raising our family here – and we love this special town. I’ve been grateful to our local leadership, all 5 of whom I voted for and have a lot of admiration for their service to our community.

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Four years ago Richard ended up on my porch step wanting to make a positive difference in Coronado by running for city counsel. I later found out that he had walked to every door in Coronado and while some people weren’t home, he made the best effort he could to meet everyone. I respected that effort and was happy for him when he ended up being elected. As someone who grew up in Coronado and moved back, it was refreshing to see someone not just resting on their laurels and personal network in town. He wanted to meet people and get to know their thoughts and concerns.

Four years later, it is undeniable that Richard continues to engage more residents than anyone I can remember, leveraging his personal time, getting involved in local issues and eagerly listening to residents.

Richard eagerly listens, communicates and collaborates with a variety of people in Coronado. It seems simple, but the extent to which Richard cares is so genuine and he always shows a gentle patience. It’s rare and it’s special.

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I’ve never been one to get politically involved with a “candidate,” but I’ve gotten to know Richard as a friend. We have had late night conversations about how wonderful Coronado is, the unique challenges we face, and the responsibility he feels to protect residents as the popularity of our town continues to grow.

Character is who you are when no one is watching. Anywhere and everywhere we go together in town, someone comes up to us to offer their opinion on how Coronado could be better. Every time, he listens. Every time he promises to follow up, and does.

That energy, passion, sound judgment, strong character and ability to listen are all reasons that I am confident in offering my support and felt compelled to write on his behalf as he aims to become our next mayor in Coronado.

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  Jacques Spitzer

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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.”Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to:


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