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It's official: 'Regular Joe' enters Pacific City Council race

Kevin M. Cline, here playing with daughter Joy, has announced his intentions to run for the Pacific City Council.  - Courtesy photo
Kevin M. Cline, here playing with daughter Joy, has announced his intentions to run for the Pacific City Council.
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Pacific resident Kevin M. Cline, a 29-year-old single father of a special needs child, new business owner (Cline Labor Resources) and self-described "average Joe," officially announced today his candidacy for Pacific City Council, Position 6.

Cline will run against incumbent Joshua Putnam.

It is Cline's second run at a city council seat. In his first race in 2009, Cline received 40 percent of the vote, losing the bid to James McMahan, a current Pacific Councilmember.

Cline says his primary reason for running is "to give the voters of Pacific a choice between two or more candidates." He added that he "firmly believes that the citizens of Pacific benefit when City Council and mayoral races are contested because it forces the other candidate, incumbent or otherwise, to mount a stronger campaign and explain why they would be the best man or woman for the job."

Cline admits his political resume is pretty bare, but says he has plenty to contribute to the City Council.

Cline, a Pacific resident for five years, looks forward to the day when his now 2-year-old daughter is old enough to start school at Alpac Elementary. Additionally, he hopes to one day finish up his bachelor's degree in business administration and see his other business ideas become a reality.

Furthermore, Cline's board memberships – as well as past volunteer opportunities through Junior Achievement, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, Auburn Parks, Arts and Rec Department and the Auburn Optimist Club – galvanized him to make an even bigger difference. These experiences helped him decide on running for a City Council seat again.

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