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City of Pacific GroveCandidate for City Council

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Cynthia Garfield

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3,962 votes (22.29%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Finances: Pacific Grove needs a balanced budget in order to meet the level of services that the community needs. We need to responsibly increase revenues and apply the budget in ways that are consistent with our goals and values
  • Reliable sources of water will support the level of water use our community currently needs and allow us to find opportunities to add affordable housing within the community
  • Protecting and valuing our environment - forests, shore and bay - is a responsibilty for our entire community and the city needs to take a key role in caring for these treasured resources




My husband, Mark, and I have made PG our home for more than14 years. We chose PG as the best possible place to live, and my goal in running for City Council is to ensure that PG remains a wonderful place to live and to visit. 


I currently serve as the President of the PG Public Library Foundation and I am a member of the Board of Point Lobos Foundation. Mark and I both serve as seasonal volunteers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


With master’s degrees in business and  social work, I have experience as a social services administrator, executive director of a business association and university faculty member at two business schools.  As an early-stage leader at a technology startup I have been part of growing a successful business.


As a facilitator and mediator, I work effectively with diverse perspectives and understand how to bring people together for a common purpose. I am well prepared to find the best solutions to the problems we face now and to address the issues we will face in the years to come.






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Pacific Grove is a community where each person can make a difference by contributing time, effort and skills. We can accomplish far more by working together, respecting our differences and working to find common ground. 


My education, training and commitment equip me to get things done, and get them done right through critical analysis, well-reasoned discussions and thoughtful decision-making.  I will bring people together to find the answers to our current issues and those yet to come.


By working together and developing our solutions collaboratively we can make PG even better.         I would appreciate your support and your vote.




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