Integrity is essential to public service and is something achieved over a long period of time, a Costa Mesa City Council candidate stressed during a conservative candidates forum Thursday evening.
"I believe that the old man who's running for City Council can lend his experience and work with people," said Lee Ramos, a Costa Mesa resident since 1947 who serves on the Charter and Fairview Park committees.
Ramos, 70, was one of three invited candidates from Costa Mesa and Newport Beach who spoke at the Newport-Mesa Tea Party event. Also presenting were Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer, who is up for reelection, and Scott Peotter, who has served as planning commissioner for Irvine and Newport Beach and is running for a seat on the Newport council.
About 30 people attended the forum at the Halecrest Park Swim and Tennis Club.
Local Tea Party founder Tom Pollitt, who is running for the county Board of Education this June, said the group will probably host more forums, though the specifics haven't been finalized.