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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

Ex-Socialist Wins San Juan Capistrano Council Seat With Help From Conservative

Updated: Aug 27, 2020

"I've been told you're a militant la raza Mexican, and I'm supposed to be a complete racist," Kim McCarthy told Sergio Farias when they met for breakfast at San Juan Capistrano's El Maguey in August. "I think you and I should talk."

You couldn't find two people more opposite in South County. In 2008, Farias ran for the San Juan Capistrano City Council as a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) with a defiant candidate statement defending undocumented residents against checkpoints and deportations. Meanwhile, McCarthy had railed against illegal immigration for years as a member of SJC Americans, a Minuteman Project-like community group that had fought everyone from the Mexican Consulate to community centers.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly News Feature out on newsstands today:

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