Marvin Heinze for City Council: The Epitome of Service Above Self

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Submitted by Virginia Callaghan Bayer

On the anniversary of 9/11, I felt compelled to write this letter to share how proud I am of all the Coronado candidates who are volunteering to serve something larger than themselves. Of all the candidates, I am especially impressed and confident in CAPT Marvin Heinze USN (ret.) and his ability to represent us well on the Coronado City Council.

Marvin Heinze’s entire life is devoted to service. At the local level, Marv is a proven leader in planning, modernization, and emergency response for Coronado. At the national level, he has clearly and consistently demonstrated his steadfast loyalty, devotion to duty, and professional competence over 28 years of Naval Service. On a global level, he has been tested in combat and under fire plus he is supporting his wife who is currently deployed to Afghanistan. Marvin is a seasoned leader who knows how to keenly assess, decisively respond, and exercise true leadership in any situation; good, bad or ugly.

The difficult or ugly situations are where his extensive experience and keen analytic skills will truly pay dividends to the Coronado residents. The measure of a person in my estimation is how far they have come over time and how well they have overcome adversity. Marvin understands what it takes to succeed under duress and he can lead others through difficult situations.

For example, I initially met Marvin at the Military Advisory Council at the San Diego University Club. He was with a team from NAS North Island briefing the forum on the plans for the SOCOM University build out here in Coronado and in support of COMNAVSPECWAR. Marvin clearly delineated for everyone the cost, schedule, and detailed military construction plans of the Congressionally fenced $1.4 B project over the next 10 years. I was exceptionally impressed with his ability to field impromptu challenging and often aggressive questioning. His articulation of issues, collaboration on solutions, and coordination between the City of Coronado and the surrounding military installations are his most valuable assets.

Ultimately Marvin Heinze is an extraordinarily dedicated servant of the people. He has pledged to “Keep Coronado Special” and I am confident he will keep his promise by serving as our new City Councilman. Please join me on November 6th in casting your vote for Marvin Heinze!

With appreciation and very respectfully always,

Virginia Callaghan Bayer
CDR   USN (ret.)


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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: