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2012 General Election Guide for Laguna Niguel

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Laguna Niguel and the county.

As we look ahead to November’s general election, Laguna Niguel Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the City Council race and candidates that we will be covering as November draws near.

will have three open seats in November. Those seats belonging to  and will be up for grabs this election cycle. Both have termed out and cannot run again until 2014. and  terms are up in 2014. is up for re-election. To date, three residents have filed with the city for candidacy to date: Jerry McCloskey, Jeanette Krembas and Laurie Davies.

Other races that affect the city: 

In the 49th Congressional District (which includes San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point), .

In the 73rd Assembly District seat(includes San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita): Incumbent  in November.

In the 48th Congressional District (which stretches from Seal Beach to Aliso Viejo), .

In the Capistrano Unified School District:

The  will have four trustee seats open. Two are held by John Alpay and Gary Pritchard, who were just.

When the board , Trustee Sue Palazzo's residence was not included in her area, so she may not run for re-election and has said she wasn't planning to, anyway.

Trustee Jack Brick is the other trustee whose seat is up this year. He has not indicated whether he will make another go of it.

This is the first year where voters can only vote for one trustee because of the passage of .

Be sure to check out our past coverage of elections by clicking on the link below and bookmark this page for updates.

Jim Corbett June 19, 2012 at 06:57 AM
Actually, what I said was that I recognize that with a 2-1 Republican majority, I've got a tough mountain to climb. Still, Harkey is facing a lawsuit in September over her involvement in a scandal relating to her activities as an officer in a family run mortgage bank. She's accused of fraud, theft, elder abuse, misappropriation of funds and much more that resulted in dozens of people losing everything. The lawyers in the case are taking it on a contingency, so they do expect to win. In addition, while Harkey was in office South County has sent buckets of tax money to Sacramento while getting back little more than half a glass. This is particularly important because CUSD, on a per student basis, gets less money from the State than any other District of similar size. Harkey probably doesn't care because she sends her child to private school, but voters should care that their children are being short change. Harkey hasn't even addressed the problem spending time instead on the high speed rail, while our teachers have taken the biggest pay cuts in Orange County. Moreover, she supports a toll road that would destroy Trestles as a premier surfing spot

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