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By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Lemon Grove candidates David Arambula, George Gastil, Liana Lebaron, and Teresa Rosiak


August 29, 2020 (Lemon Grove) – All four Lemon Grove City Council candidates have agreed to participate in a candidate forum hosted by East County Magazine on Wednesday, September 16 at 7 p.m. This is your opportunity to learn more about the candidates looking to represent you, as well as to ask questions on issues of importance community.

The forum will be held on Zoom due to COVID-19 and will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/EastCountyMagazine.  Video will also be posted later at www.EastCountyMagazine.org and audio will be aired on KNSJ radio. You can send in questions before noon on the 16h to editor@eatcountymagazine.org. ECM editor Miriam Raftery will moderate the forum, which is made possible through a Facebook Journalism Project grant.

The four candidates are:

DAVID ARAMBULA has served on the Lemon Grove City Council since 2016.  He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran with degrees in business and law. He currently works as an employment litigation consultant.

GEORGE GASTIL served on the Lemon Grove City Council from 2008- 2016 and previously on the Lemon Grove School District board.  He helped start Lemon Grove’s community garden and led efforts to put a sales tax measure on the ballot.

LIANA LEBARON is a Lemon Grove planning commissioner and a native of Lemon Grove. She has worked with local nonprofits organizing monthly community cleanups.

TERESA ROSIAK is a medical credentialing specialist and former president of the Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce. She previously ran for mayor and city council.

East County Magazine is also organizing a mayoral candidates forum and will announce the date and time as soon we hear back from all of the candidates.

Miriam Raftery, editor and founder of East County Magazine, has over 35 years of journalism experience. She has won more than 350 journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, San Diego Press Club, and the American Society of Journalists & Authors. Her honors include the Sol Price Award for responsible journalism and three James Julian awards for public interest reporting from SPJ’s San Diego chapter. She has received top honors for investigative journalism, multicultural reporting, coverage of immigrant and refugee issues, politics, breaking news and more. Thousands of her articles have appeared in national and regional publications.

East County Magazine gratefully acknowledges the Facebook Journalism Project for its COVID-19 Relief Fund grant to support our local news reporting including impacts on vulnerable communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more: #FacebookJournalismProject and https://www.facebook.com/fbjournalismproject/.

You can donate to support our local journalism efforts during the pandemic at https://www.EastCountyMedia.org/donate.

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