City Council District 5


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Jorge Lopez has always looked at the world with a sense of justice and fairness, perhaps because he found so many people willing to help his family when he immigrated to the U.S. at the age of ten.

At the age of 18, he joined the Marine Corps to serve his adopted country. After the Marines, he worked for a small company where he ascended from delivery driver to General Manager all while attending college to earn two Bachelor’s degrees. Soon Jorge realized that politics, both at the national and local level, can impact people’s lives, and decided to become more active on issues that affected his family and his community.

Jorge has worked at the grassroots level where he helped other candidates in their efforts to elected office.  He became President of the Democrats of Southwest Riverside County. As the club grew, he helped form the Temecula Valley Democrats. He has remained active in the county and state levels of the Democratic Party.

In 2009, he and his wife Julieta moved to Lake Elsinore. In 2014, they became foster parents in order to give children a safe, stable, and secure place to live while waiting to reunify with their parents. Since then, they have adopted two wonderful little girls.

Mr. Lopez is seeking to serve as Lake Elsinore's 5th District City Council member with the goal of reducing traffic congestion, strengthening fire safety, and improving schools and infrastructure. But Jorge is also looking forward to Lake Elsinore’s next phase: a university with a teaching hospital that will create a labor force capable of filling higher-paying local jobs while offering excellent medical care to our community, and giving everyone access to the internet.


"Regardless of party, we all prosper with effective leadership."

                                                                                                   - Jorge Lopez


City Council District 4

Dr. David Kolk

Dr. David Kolk is a retired Assistant City Manager and Utility/Public Works Director who managed investor-owned and municipal electric, water, wastewater, public works departments and waste utility contracts. IHe has over 25 years’ experience in municipal government management and administration.

He has managed municipal departments for almost 20 years and helped restructure California’s electric utility industry after the debacle of the deregulation movement of the late 1990s. He helped utilities switch from costly and dirty fossil-fueled fired generation to solar and geothermal energy. He is an environmentalist that believes conservation and efficiency is far better than building more generating facilities and transmission lines.

He has lived in Murrieta since 1989 and in the Inland Empire since 1974. He served in the USMC from 1969 to 1972 and is a Vietnam- veteran. He earned his Bachelors and Doctorate degreesfrom UC Riverside and obtained his Master's Degree from UC San Diego.

He taught mathematics, statistics, energy economics and macroeconomics at various colleges and universities and am the author or coauthor of books and articles on the US economy and energy policy. I also served on Riverside County financial advisory boards (CORAL) reviewing financing alternatives for major County capital projects.

Democrats of SW Riverside 

PO Box 1199

Murrieta, California 92564