Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. Whittier Mayor Cathy Warner has endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for president. Warner said she is impressed by his work in running the 2002 Winter Olympic games in Utah and by his four years as governor. “With the 2002 Olympics, the situation was apparently in disarray with the local organization committee,” she said. “They had a huge budget deficit. Romney was brought in as chief executive officer and he completely turned it around.” By the end in the games, there was a $50 million surplus, she said. Warner also praised Romney for his tenure as Massachusetts governor, saying he eliminated a budget deficit without raising taxes and worked with a Democratic Legislature to create a health care plan. And Romney – like Warner – is a Mormon. However, Warner said she isn’t endorsing him because of his religion, although they do have shared values. “It’s like, `You’re a Whittierite and I’m a Whittierite.’ We have a certain knowledge of our community we share in common,” she said. GOVERNOR APPOINTEE: Whittier Republican activist Sylvia Southerland will attend the state Republican Convention in Sacramento this weekend as a delegate – courtesy of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Southerland said had planned to attend even before being selected. This way, however, she will get to vote for the state officers. WEBCAST: La Habra Heights voters will have a number of ways next week to watch a City Council candidates forum. They view the debate in person from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at La Habra Heights City Hall, 1245 N. Hacienda Road. They can also watch a delayed broadcast of the debate later on cable television. Or, beginning at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, they can watch and listen to it on the Internet. La Habra Heights resident George Edwardz will webcast the debate on www.HeightsVote2007.com. Edwardz said he is doing this because only 947 residents in the city have cable service – about 43 percent of the households. “The community should have as much information as possible about the candidates that want to lead our city through some very difficult challenges,” he said. The forum will be put on by the Whittier chapter of the League of Women Voters. ANOTHER DEBATE: The league chapter also will sponsor a forum for the Pico Rivera City Council candidates, from 7 to 9p.m. Thursday in the Pico Rivera Senior Center Auditorium, 9200 Mines Ave. The debate will be taped for broadcast on Time Warner Cable. MEDICINE TALK: Doug Cox, community liaison for Orange County Supervisor Chris Norby, will speak about socialized medicine at the noon Feb.21 luncheon meeting of the Rancho La Habra Republican Women Federated. The group meets at the Hacienda Golf Club, 718 East Road, La Habra Heights. Tickets are $20 each. For reservations, call (562) 697-2595. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562)698-0450; phone (562)698-0955; e-mail [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!