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Sitting in the Audience

Tonight, I sat in the audience at a Laguna Niguel City Council meeting for the first time in 8 years. The new council will do a great job. I pray they will serve with wisdom and humility.

For those of you not able to attend, here is what I said…or meant to say… as my closing remarks.

“Family, Friends, colleagues, residents of Laguna Niguel, thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you these past eight years. That’s what elected office is. Service. It’s not a chance to make yourself feel important, or to puff up your resume, or to take credit for things you did, or maybe even things you didn’t do. It is a chance to serve.

I hope my service made your lives better, because that’s what I was trying to do. On the big things, I told you exactly what I was going to do when I ran the first time, and then I did them. On the thousands and thousands of little things, I just kept asking myself, what would you do if you were sitting in this chair?

I don’t have the right to ask anything of you, but I will anyway. First, from the residents, please stay involved. Volunteer your time. Be a soccer coach, shop local, join the Lions, Rotary or the Chamber. Your sacrifices give this place a hometown community spirit that must be preserved.

To my future city council. You are all incredibly smart people. I know you will do your homework. I know you will read the thousands of pages Rod will send home in your packets on Friday. I know you will ask good questions. What I ask you to do is listen to each other. Remember, sometimes the right answer isn’t the one you walked in the door with. Remember that wisdom isn’t just saying the right thing at the right time, but leaving unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. You will do well. I know it. I’m counting on you.

To my wife Susie, and my 4 wonderful children, Jonathan, Katie, Wesley and Grant. Thank you for all the time you’ve let Daddy spend helping other people. To my Mom and Dad and all my friends and supporters, thank you for your loyalty, support and commitment. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know that when it becomes clear, I will be happy to serve again.

Most of all, I thank God for my very life in this spectacular place, and for the peace that passes all understanding. God bless you all.”

Meet Robert Ming at the Home of John & Lois Mastrocola

John & Lois Mastrocola

invite you to meet our next Orange County Supervisor

(with a little help from you, of course!)

Robert Ming

Laguna Niguel Councilman & candidate for Orange County Supervisor

Please join us for delicious Hors d’oeuvres, dessert & cocktails and great conversation at:

29881 Hiddenwood, Laguna Niguel, CA

Friday, April 25th

7pm – 9pm

RSVP to John at 949-632-0574

Chairman Shawn Nelson Endorses Ming for Supervisor

Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors Backs
Mayor Robert Ming for Orange County Supervisor, 5th District

IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Robert Ming
October 31, 2013 949-443-3626

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors Shawn Nelson today announced his endorsement of Laguna Niguel Mayor Robert Ming for Orange County Supervisor, 5th District.

“With a majority of the Board of Supervisors potentially leaving office next year, Orange County needs a new set of leaders,” Chairman Nelson said. “Robert has the skills, experience and commitment necessary to lead Orange County. He knows how to work collaboratively to build a team and get things done. I strongly endorse Robert Ming as our next Supervisor for the 5th District.”

“It is an honor to be endorsed by Chairman Nelson,” Mayor Ming responded. “Shawn has proven he is willing to work hard to make progress on both local and countywide issues. He isn’t afraid to ask hard questions and think outside the box. I look forward to working with him on the Board of Supervisors as we face these challenging issues together.”

“Pension reform has always been an important issue for me,” continued Chairman Nelson, “Robert’s work in helping to develop Pension Reform Best Practice Guidelines has helped cities make real progress.” Ming was the Founding President of the Association of California Cities-Orange County and currently serves as Chair of its Pension Reform Committee.

Born and raised in Orange County, Mayor Robert Ming and his wife Susie have been married for 21 years and have four children. Ming is Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Jefferies, an international brokerage and investment-banking firm. Robert was also the Founding President of the Laguna Niguel Military Support Foundation and has served on numerous non-profit and charitable boards.

The Fifth District, being vacated by Supervisor Pat Bates due to term limits, includes the South County cities of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano, along with the community of Shady Canyon in the City of Irvine and the unincorporated communities of Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, and Wagon Wheel.

For more information about Supervisor Shawn Nelson visit www.nelsonforsupervisor.com

www.robertming.com

San Clemente Mayor Bob Baker Joins Mayor Pro Tem Tim Brown in Endorsing Robert Ming for Orange County Supervisor

Local Leaders Say San Clemente Can Count on Ming to Respect Local
Control and Meet San Clemente’s Transportation and Open Space Needs

IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  Contact Robert Ming
September 25, 2013                                                                         949-443-3626

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – San Clemente Mayor Bob Baker joins San Clemente Mayor Pro Tem Tim Brown in endorsing Laguna Niguel Mayor Robert Ming for Orange County Supervisor. Ming is running for the Fifth District Supervisor’s seat being vacated in 2014 by the term-limited Patricia Bates. Baker and Brown join the growing list of local elected leaders from within the 5th District who have endorsed Ming for Supervisor.

“Robert understands the importance of local control and the fact that each south county city has unique needs,” Baker said. “San Clemente can count on Robert Ming to meet our residents’ transportation and open space needs, while keeping government spending under control.” Mayor Baker joins San Clemente Mayor Pro Tem Tim Brown in endorsing Robert Ming for Supervisor.

“As a former Naval Aviator, I appreciate Robert’s work helping create the Laguna Niguel Military Support Committee and foundation and his strong support for our service men and women,” Mayor Baker continued. “I proudly endorse Robert Ming for Orange County Supervisor.”

Born and raised in Orange County, Mayor Robert Ming and his wife Susie have been married for 21 years and have four children. The Fifth District includes the South County cities of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano, along with the community of Shady Canyon in the City of Irvine and the unincorporated communities of Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, and Wagon Wheel.

For more information about Robert Ming’s campaign for Supervisor, visit www.robertming.com.

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Paid for by Ming for Supervisor 2014. ID#1358874.

Atlas PAC Endorses Robert Ming for Orange County Supervisor

Champions for limited government, free market enterprise, low taxation
and individual liberty back Robert Ming for Orange County Supervisor, 5th District

IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                Contact Robert Ming
September 23, 2013                                                                                        949-443-3626

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Atlas PAC is proud to announce its endorsement of Robert Ming for Orange County Supervisor, 5th District. Robert is currently serving his second term as the Mayor of Laguna Niguel, where he has been an elected member of the City Council since 2006. Pat Bates, the current Supervisor for the 5th District, is termed out in 2014.

An innovator and believer in smaller government, Robert is a leader in Laguna Niguel who has helped make it a model city. The city recently built its new city hall with cash, completing construction on time and under budget. Under Robert’s leadership, Laguna Niguel has no debt and keeps its overhead low by contracting out as many services as possible.

“I have had the privilege of knowing founding Atlas PAC member Robert Ming for many years and I can’t think of a better person to represent the constituents of the 5th District of our county,” said Atlas PAC Chairman Lee Lowrey. “Robert will put his proven integrity and leadership skills to work on the problems our county faces, such as getting control of the run-away public pension obligations that threaten its future solvency.  In addition, Robert has a proven track record of leadership.  Special interests don’t control or sway him in his decision making. The election of Robert Ming as an Orange County Supervisor for the 5th District will be a strong step forward for all the citizens of Orange County.”

Even before Robert was elected, he believed in honest government and serving the citizens of his community. He was the author of the Voter ID Act, a state ballot initiative that would have required voters to show photo ID at the polls when they vote. While it did not obtain enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, Robert gained national attention for the cause of integrity at the polls. This is the kind of leadership Atlas PAC applauds.

“As Mayor of Laguna Niguel, Robert has shown how to operate a government budget in a fiscally responsible manner that encourages free market enterprise, and he has consistently fought against raising taxes,” said Atlas PAC Endorsements Committee Chairman Benjamin Pugh. “This kind of experience and integrity is just what Orange County needs. Given his long-time membership as a founding member of the Atlas PAC, we know we’re getting a rock-solid fiscally conservative leader in Mayor Robert Ming.”

For more information, please visit www.atlaspac.org or www.robertming.com/supervisor-2014.

ABOUT ATLAS PAC

Atlas is a politically based membership organization made up of business, political, and community professionals who share a passion for free enterprise, limited government, reduced government regulatory burdens, low taxation, and individual liberty. Atlas furthers its ideals by funding candidates and causes who aggressively advocate the values of Atlas.

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Assemblyman Allan Mansoor Joins Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff in Endorsing Robert Ming for Orange County Supervisor, 5th District

Good Government Advocate Says Ming’s Focus on Integrity in Government is Exactly What the County Needs

IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Robert Ming
September 19, 2013 949-443-3626

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (AD-74) joins Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (SD-29) in endorsing Laguna Niguel Mayor Robert Ming for Orange County Supervisor. Ming is running for the Fifth District Supervisor’s seat being vacated in 2014 by the term-limited Patricia Bates.

“Good government requires leaders with vision and integrity. The integrity Robert would bring is exactly what the County of Orange needs,” Mansoor said. “Robert has a track record of delivering on his promises while staying true to his values. He has become a regional and statewide leader on critical issues like pension reform, voter integrity, and the elimination of job-killing regulations.” Robert was the Founding President of the Association of California Cities and has chaired its Pension Reform Committee and Economic Development and Job Creation Committee.

“I’m deeply grateful to receive support from Assemblyman Mansoor,” Robert commented. “I share his passion for open and transparent government, and for fiscal responsibility. Voters care about these issues, and so do I.”

Born and raised in Orange County, Mayor Robert Ming and his wife Susie have been married for 21 years and have four children. Ming is Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Jefferies, an international brokerage and investment banking firm. Robert was the Founding President of the Association of California Cities and of the Laguna Niguel Military Support Foundation. The Fifth District includes the South County cities of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano, along with the community of Shady Canyon in the City of Irvine and the unincorporated communities of Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, and Wagon Wheel.

For more information about Robert Ming’s campaign for Supervisor, visit www.robertming.com.

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Lincoln Club of Orange County Endorses Ming for Supervisor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 16, 2013

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – The Lincoln Club of Orange County joins the growing list of endorsements for Laguna Niguel Mayor Robert Ming for Orange County Supervisor. Ming is running for the Fifth District Supervisor’s seat being vacated in 2014 by the term-limited Patricia Bates.

“Robert Ming embodies the principles the Lincoln Club stands for,” said Wayne Lindholm, club President. “Robert is a true conservative dedicated to limited government, low taxes, free enterprise, individual liberty, and personal responsibility.”

“I have fought to increase individual freedom and to limit the size and scope of government ever since I was first elected,” Ming said. “I am humbled and honored to be endorsed by the Lincoln Club for Orange County Supervisor.”

Ming is also endorsed by more sitting state legislators, current and former mayors, mayors pro tem, city councilmembers, college board members, school board members, and South County residents than any other candidate for the Fifth District.

Born and raised in Orange County, Mayor Robert Ming and his wife Susie have been married for 21 years and have four children. Ming is Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Jefferies, an international brokerage and investment banking firm. Robert was the Founding President of the Association of California Cities and of the Laguna Niguel Military Support Foundation. The Fifth District includes the South County cities of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano, along with the community of Shady Canyon in the City of Irvine and the unincorporated communities of Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, and Wagon Wheel.

For more information about Robert Ming’s campaign for Supervisor, visit www.robertming.com.

For more information about the Lincoln Club of Orange County, visit www.lincolnclub.org.

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Paid for by Ming for Supervisor 2014. ID#1358874.

Awakening the Soldier Released

Did I mention I wrote a book? Did I mention it would make a GREAT last minute Christmas gift, is only $4.99 and is delivered instantly? It is available for iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Nook, Kobo and PDF through Smashwords. Print edition will be available through Amazon in the next few weeks for $12.99.

You may be surprised to find that this is NOT a book about politics. Actually, the origins for this book go back to long before I was elected. Here’s the story behind the story.

Remember going on camp-outs as a kid? I have lots of fond memories going with my Dad on YMCA Indian Guide trips, and then going with Jonathan and Katie. In time, I expect to take Wesley and Grant too. When Jonathan was young, the tribe used to turn in for the night pretty early, so dad often found some rare quiet time up there. In one of those times, I got the idea for a fantasy adventure novel and started writing. It wasn’t a very high priority for me, so I worked on it a little here and there at camp or on vacation. It was a nice outlet and was purely for fun.

After three or four years of camps with Jonathan, and a couple of years of camp with Katie, it had grown to quite a stack of paper. Jonathan saw me working on it one day and asked the now famous question “What’s that Dad?” That’s when my trouble began…

“I want to read it,” he said.

“It isn’t finished yet.”

“Well when will it be finished?”

“I don’t know.”

“Why not?”

“I don’t know why not.”

“If you don’t know, why can’t it be done now? I want to read it.”

“Because it isn’t done yet!”

“Well, can I read what you’ve got?”

As you can probably tell, Jonathan won. He can be pretty persistent when he wants to be. Needless to say, I gave him the unfinished manuscript and a few days later he came back to me and said something like, “Dude, you’ve got to finish it! I want to know what happens!” That’s when the pestering began. It felt like the road trip “Are we there yet?” saga, only this was the “Are you finished yet?” version. Of course he told Katie, and then they both began pestering dear old Dad to spit out the next chapter. I suppose it was all for the best because now it’s done, and I really have them to thank for it.

So after what feels like thousands of drafts and feedback from lots of people, here it is. I hope you enjoy it. Awakening the Soldier, is available for download to your iPad, Kindle, Nook, Kobo, computer or other electronic device from Smashwords here. and will be available in paperback from Amazon.com within the next few weeks. Thanks for your support!

Are you worthy?

Are you worthy of the great power you have today?  People die at the hands of dictators and tyrants every year, longing for the day when they could truly be free.  This one right – the right to vote – is a gift of immeasurable value most Americans take for granted.  It is all that stands between you and dictatorship.

The Founding Fathers gave us a representative form of government, knowing that most people would not have the time or ability to become truly informed, but modern technology and society have pushed more obligations on voters.  Especially in California where we have a stack of initiatives every year, casting an informed vote is quite a challenge.  The Voter Information Supplemental Guide is fat, I know, but spending a little time with it can reveal some amazing results.  The ads are like walking into a gym where everyone is shouting and while you may be able to take some of it in, there is nothing like spending some quiet time with the real words and reading for yourself.  Are you willing to pay the price to cast an informed vote?

Your vote for President is clearly the most important vote you will cast.  It sets the tone for the country and sets the direction for the next four years.  It should not be a vote based on feelings but on reason.  Even if you think Barack Obama is a really nice guy and means well for our country, ask yourself whether we are better off today then we were four years ago.  The Declaration of Independence actually phrases the question nicely.  It phrases it in terms of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Today, we think about this way:  Are you safer?  Are you more free?  Are you more prosperous?  From my perspective, the answer to all three is no, so I see no reason to give him second term.

The next most important vote for Californians in my opinion is Proposition 32.  Nothing else on this ballot is a game changer for California.  Sacramento is ruled by the unions and corporations that fund the campaigns of elected officials and it needs to stop.  It won’t stop anyone’s “voice” and isn’t filled with “loopholes”.  It simply makes California follow the Federal rule for contribution limits and it is a great idea whose time has come.  Please vote YES on 32.

There are lots of other items on the ballot that are important for numerous reasons, and the most important thing to do is get informed before you vote.  If you are a Christian, I suggest you take a look at the Civic Stewardship Ministry Voter Guide I helped develop for Coast Hills Community Church.  It doesn’t tell you how to vote, just provides a very summarized list of the pros and cons for all of the initiatives on the ballot.

If you’re looking for more specific help, there are a ton of good resources available I would be happy to direct you to.