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Terry Gaasterland

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I have spent my life trying to improve the lives of people who need it most. I am a scientist and professor of computational genomics. My lab builds computer tools to read DNA and understand disease risk.

I am dedicated to serving the community of Del Mar. As a 15-year resident, I have served as the City’s Finance Committee Chair, the Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee Chair (STAC), and member of the Design Review Board. I understand our city’s dynamics, from lagoon to beach to hillside. I have experience tackling our city’s biggest issues, whether it’s the budget, land development, or fire and safety hazards.

I am running for City Council because I want to be a part of shaping Del Mar’s future and bring back a level of openness and respect that has been missing from City Hall. I will listen to all sides of an issue before deciding how to vote and strive to arrive at fair decisions that put our Residents First.

One of my priorities is to protect the unique and special character of Del Mar. I support Local Control and will follow our Community Plan when deciding Land Use issues. Utility undergrounding is an immediate priority for Measure Q funds. We must complete Streetscape and establish plans for Shores Park. We need a financial plan for annual beach sand replenishment.

Protecting the safety of our community is also extremely important. I will work toward enhanced Sheriff services and improved response times. We need a fire protection plan for Crest Canyon and our hillside neighborhoods. And we need safe access to our bluffs and beach.

As a member of our City Council, I promise to keep my door open and listen respectfully as I strive to do my best for Del Mar. Join me and learn more about my vision for Del Mar at https://tgfordelmar.com


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