Santa Monica Public Safety Associations Announce City Council Endorsements

Thursday, 13 Sep 2012, 3:53:00 AM

Mirror Staff

The Santa Monica Police Officers’ Association and Santa Monica Firefighters, Local 1109 announced Wednesday its endorsements of four candidates for the Nov. 6 general election.

They are Terry O’Day, Gleam Davis, Shari Davis, and Ted Winterer.

There are 15 candidates vying for four open seats at the election.

In a joint press release, the associations said that Santa Monica City Council Members Terry O’Day and Gleam Davis have consistent track records of voting for issues that favor community safety and ensure the highest quality of emergency services.

"They were committed to bringing back the Fire Communications 911 Center to where it belongs – in Santa Monica," the release said. " Gleam Davis and Terry O’Day recently voted to maintain current police staffing levels rather than reducing the number of officers protecting our community."

City Council candidates Shari Davis and Ted Winterer are also committed to keeping Santa Monica residents safe, the release said.

"With more and more habitual criminals being released from prison into our community due to the realignment of California’s prison system, both Shari Davis and Ted Winterer are devoted to providing SMPD the tools and resources necessary to protect the community," the release said. "Shari Davis and Ted Winterer are also dedicated to maintaining the level of service the Santa Monica Fire Department provides as it faces an increasing call volume and expanding scope of emergencies.

"As Californians enter an era of budget cuts and public safety being compromised, these candidates will prioritize public safety in order to provide the finest police and fire department services for our community."

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