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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of Dana PointCandidate for Council Member, Council District 3

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Charles Payne

Police Lieutenant/Businessman
1,231 votes (42%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety: As a 20-year law enforcement veteran, Charles is the only candidate with real world experience. A comprehensive plan to address homelessness, an ordinance to regulate sober living homes, and be a partner to our police officers.
  • Development: Development in Dana Point has to be responsible, sustainable, and bring value to our community and residents. More importantly, it needs to honor the quality and character of our small-town without overbuilding.
  • Bring integrity, trust, and transparency back to our local government. Charles is a huge advocate for responsible spending, transparent government, and the residents' right to be involved and informed about their local government.



Profession:Police Lieutenant/Businessman
Lieutenant, Riverside Police Department (2000–current)
Code Enforcement, County of Riverside (1998–2000)


California Southern Law School Juris Doctorate, Law (2015)
CSUSB Master of Public Administration, Public Administration (2003)
CSUSB Bachelor of Arts, English and Criminal Justice (1999)

Community Activities

Board Member, Claire Connelly Scholarship Fund (2013–current)
Treasurer / Board Member, Riverside Police Administrators' Association (2017–current)


Charles is a Southern CA Native, Police Lieutenant, Attorney, and leader in the Dana Point Community. First in his class at the Sheriff's academy, Charles worked his way up to be the Commander of the Centralized Investigations Bureau, which includes Violent Crimes, Robbery, Economic Crimes and Forensics.  Charles put himself through law school while working full time as a police officer, graduated valedictorian, and became an attorney.  He believes in hard work and service to his community.  Charles and his wife of 10-years, Amber, are long-time homeowners in Dana Point, where they live with their dog, Molly.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Dana Point Councilman Paul Wyatt

Organizations (1)

  • Orange County Professional Firefighters

Elected Officials (1)

  • Dana Point Councilwoman Debra Lewis

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Charles is a strong advocate for conservative financial policies.  He believes elected officials have a duty to be good stewards of the public funds, and that the government should live within its means.  His is also an advocate for transparency and the residents' right to be informed and involved.  As a Dana Point Council Member, Charles will be a fierce advocate for our residents and work to:

  • Create a comprehensive plan to tackle homelessness and rising crime, and partner with local law-enforcement to ensure our residents feel safe in their community.
  • Foster an environment that brings new small businesses to the city, supports existing ones, and revitalizes local establishments like Doheny Village in a way that respects the quality and character of our small town.
  • Stop wasteful city spending, balance our budgets, and fund investment for our future
  • Commit to transparency and open government that respects residents and ensured their rights to be informed and involved in their local government

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