Mayor Voepel to 20% of Voters Who Opposed Him: ‘I Won’t Be Hearing You’

Re-elected mayor: “I appreciate the fact that four out of five Santee voters... trust me to represent their concerns.”

Randy Voepel, who was re-elected mayor of Santee with nearly 80 percent of the vote Tuesday, was grateful to supporters giving him a fourth four-year term.

But his opinion of the 3,410 who backed opponent Rudy Reyes?

Not as gracious.

“I will be representing my 80 percent friends to the best of my ability, as I always have,” Voepel said Thursday. “If you happen to be in the 20 percent that did not vote for me... you didn’t hear me, so I won’t be hearing you.”

Voepel—who in 2010 changed party affiliation, saying the GOP became too “liberal” for him—has a history of colorful remarks.

In April 2011, he responded to the city’s F grade by the American Lung Association by saying: “I see this grade of "F" from our perspective as being the highest grade for "FREEDOM" we could earn.”

Tuesday night, he was quoted by U-T San Diego as saying: “Veni, vidi, vici. I came, I saw, I conquered. As Julius Caesar once said.”

Voepel, who has said he identifies more with the tea party movement than the Republicans, had 13,305 ballots cast with his name.

“I appreciate the fact that four out of five Santee voters (80 percent of the vote) trust me to represent their concerns,” Voepel told Patch.

Voepel is a U.S. Navy veteran with two combat tours of duty in Vietnam, according to his city biography.

“A graduate from Saint Leo University, he is a businessman in financial services specializing in corporate benefits,” his biography says.  “He is also active in his church, four service clubs and the Boy Scouts.  His wife, Susan, is the woman he is holding hands with and walking with through life.  They have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Comment below: What do you think about Voepel’s re-election and comments?

Ryan Daley November 09, 2012 at 07:35 PM
really? my bad. what did I say to offend you? If I did, it was not intentional to offend anyone....
rudy reyes November 09, 2012 at 08:53 PM
no as mayor he took oath to represent the community! not prejudice for any reason! This is totalitarian "Of, relating to, being, or imposing a form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life, the individual is subordinated to the state, and opposing political and cultural expression is suppressed" Not AMERICAN!
Ryan Daley November 09, 2012 at 09:30 PM
But you are generally happy with living in Santee though. I agree, its a arrogant thing to say.
sean November 09, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Been herr since 2001. Born and raised in sd. This guy is an arrogant idiot and i voted for him. Never again randy
Ryan Daley November 09, 2012 at 09:36 PM
A little dramatic. So this combat Navy veteran and public servant to Santee since 1996 is now un-american? I appreciate you running for office and offering a choice, but do you expect people to follow that line of rhetoric? As arrogant as it was, I believe he was just saying that a great majority of people spoke at the voting booth and back how he has ran the city of Santee, not the ideas of the opposition....which from what I read above was raising taxes.
Ryan Daley November 09, 2012 at 09:41 PM
And Rudy, despite our disagreements, as a family man myself I cannot help but tip my hat to you in total respect for what you did for your own family and the cougage you showed during the Cedar fires. No sarcasm. Just an honest show of respect to you as a man.
rudy reyes November 09, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Ryan, I appreciate and sincerely thank you and i can take disagreement. No problem. I just call a "duck a duck"! this comment was totalitarian and not Americana. No judgement on his service just his current actions. I respect that too. Again I ask how is Mayor going to determine the 20% he is prejudicing? Color, race, or creed?
Bre November 09, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Nay, you assume wrong. Living here has giving me the perspective to conclude that this is not the city I will plant roots in. But, honestly, to each their own.
Ryan Daley November 09, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Ok total curiosity, and I respect your opinion in choosing to not want to live here. What are the problems with Santee? and what places are better and why? Again totally curious to see another perspective.
Christina Gates November 09, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I wonder if he knows that an Assemblyman who resides in Santee voted for Reyes? Just saying, too bad that he won't be representing an Assemblyman who represents him. I wonder if his 80% voters knew that.
rudy reyes November 09, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Wow Christina thank you for that news! I didnt even know! makes me feel good to know i have support.
Doug Curlee November 09, 2012 at 10:42 PM
rudy.. the campaign is ober... you lost..again.. give it up, for god's sake.. doug
rudy reyes November 09, 2012 at 10:51 PM
doug, i don't quit! persistence is key in politics! I am young and building a name. I have 30 years to run!
Ryan Daley November 09, 2012 at 11:04 PM
I don't think he said he is not going to represent them, but just not really care about what they have to say. Again arrogant to say and immature stance to take after already winning 80% of the vote. My suggestion to anyone wanting to run against him in the future, you have to message better on what he has done bad. And not if he says some things in a colorful way, but actual actions he has done. When so many things have gone right in Santee, you have to message to the voters what can be better. Especially in a city of high home ownership and citizens that appreciate a fiscally conservative local government. I worked many years in the House of Representatives and coming from a political family in Illinois, I have been a part of many elections and campaigns. Failing to show the actual shortcomings of action will always win out over personality. Well, usually unless you are the President. (sorry, had to)
Alyssa November 10, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Guess he feels threatened by Rudy and the voters who supported him. I knew in my gut that he didn't deserve my vote and his childish attitude only reinforces my decision to vote against him. Those remarks are definitely not representative of a good leader, in my humble opinion, and quite foolish as well.
PwmCwzy November 10, 2012 at 04:41 AM
I had some vision problems and needed a couple of procedures. It doesn't look like I missed much in the run-up to the elections, and I see we are all in sync disagreeing with each other still. I thought they quit making MadDog back in the 60s. We used it for a "pass around" bottle at all "parties".
Retha Knight November 10, 2012 at 06:31 PM
We aren't a hick town anymore, Mayor Vopel, please think before you speak and try keeping your foot out of your mouth. Being a straight talker does not mean that you do not have any thought process before you open your mouth. All the good you try to do keeps being undone by your words and we will never be the "La Jolla of the East" unless you become less vocal or learn to think before you speak. Maybe a quiet Mayor should be your role. Thank God you have men like McNelis, Dale and Minto on the city council that are much better at representing our city and they make me feel proud to live here.
MJ Martin November 10, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Santee homeowners are attracted to Santee because of the promise of 'Quality of Life', not with a promise of becoming 'La Jolla of the East' (crowded and elitist.) Respecting our open spaces and progressing without giving up that quality of life for our families has been voiced through the City Council meetings and community groups by our residents.
Laura Garcia November 10, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Thankyou MJ Martin for your great comment!!.. My husband and I bought our house 25 years ago.We wanted a safe place to raise our kids!.. Santee was nothing like it is now! I can't comment on the Mayor. I think so far he's done a great job. This city is not in debt like others.. The only think I object to is Fanita Ranch!.. Santee cannot accommodate more traffic!!
rudy reyes November 10, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Another reason i ran was because Santee does NOT have term limits! WE NEED TERM LIMITS! this stops people like mayor form being totalitarian!
Retha Knight November 10, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I agree with you, what makes Santee such a desirable place to live is that we are surrounded by so much open space which supports the wonderful quality of life we have. However, currently Santee is up against a major threat to what we love about our city. Our "Air Quality and Quality of Life" will permantely be destroyed if the CEC, "CEQA on Steroids" overides San Diego's LORS and the Quail Brush power plant is built! I believe our Air Quality, our wonderful open space parkland that makes up Mission Trails Regional Park and the East Elliot area are worth fighting for! We must all get involved before it is too late! SaveMissionTrails.org is an all volunteer group.
Laura Garcia November 10, 2012 at 11:42 PM
They need a thumbs up for your comment MJ Martin!!
J Santee November 11, 2012 at 02:37 AM
The most un-American sentiment I've ever heard. I'll bet he considers himself a good Christian too. Ignorance truly is bliss.
Chris Garcia November 17, 2012 at 03:25 AM
I agree, Janet! That was a very immature comment, to say the least! I voted for him, but after that comment, I have lost ALL respect for the man. He needs to rescind that statement and apologize.
Mark November 18, 2012 at 09:10 PM
What a jackass! I hope the voters remember this the next time he comes up for re-election. I voted for him in this past election.... sorry I did.
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