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Five people are vying for three open seats on the Laguna Niguel City Council. Do you know who they are?

Five candidates will vie for three open seats on the Laguna Niguel City Council Nov. 6. Are you ready to cast your vote?

The candidates are: 

  • Brad Barber
  • Laurie Davies
  • Tony English
  • Jerry McCloskey
  • Jerry Slusiewicz

You can read about each candidate by clicking on their name above. Each filled out a candidate profile form and submitted it to Laguna Niguel Patch in September.

Wondering where you vote? Before each election, the Registrar of Voters sends every registered voter a Voter Information Guide Sample Ballot that lists the candidates and closest polling place.
On Election Day, you should go to the polling place on the pamphlet. You may also contact the City Clerk at (949) 362-4300 on Election Day to find out your local polling place.
The Registrar of Voters Office certifies election results (the Registrar has up to 28 days following Election Day to complete this work). The final results are sent to the City Clerk who in turn presents them to the City Council at a Special Meeting for certification. The City Clerk administers the Oath of Office to the successful candidates at the second Council meeting in November or the first Council meeting in December.
Charles October 17, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I will be happier when these elections are over and all the junky election signs are hopefully removed.
Shirley October 17, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Charles, a part of putting these signs up is the removal of them within a shot period of time after the election. Now let me go a step further, nothing grinds on my nerves more than all politicans & their lies!
Leonard Kinkade October 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I’m’ sure Tony is honest individual and is frustrated with city government, but I would like to know his stand on these two areas of law that he complained about in the past. 1. Which is still a violation of federal law? See: http://lagunaniguel.patch.com/blog_posts/the-laguna-niguel-city-council-should-smoke-pot-instead-of-power#comments 2. Given the most recent vehicle pedestrian accident do you still feel the streets of Laguna Niguel are over policed? See: http://lagunaniguel.patch.com/blog_posts/fight-your-traffic-ticket-and-win 3. See all of Mr. English LN Patch blogs which might provide voters a better idea of his philosophy: See: http://lagunaniguel.patch.com/search/blog_posts?_utf8=%E2%98%83&keywords=english Thus, If Tony wants our vote it would be nice for this candidate tell us what his long term vision is for the city?
Charles October 17, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Ignore the politicians. Otherwise, they have you by the balls of the feet. It doesn't make any difference (contrary to what we've been "trained" to think). You can spend hours researching your vote and your vote has just as much weight as the vote of the guy drinking out of a brown paper bag in a park on Santa Ana Boulevard. The psychology voters have is that of a sports fan: "Go Party Go!". (With that, if you are having fun "cheering for your team", then go for it, nothing wrong with having fun.) Chances are a voter's habits and party affiliations (and religious beliefs) are the same as his parents. Instead of researching your vote, go to the beach, go on a hike, play basketball with your kids, clean out your garage, read some local history, bake a cake, look for that lost remote, or download a movie from Pirate Bay. All of these things things will affect your life more than voting will. The best thing you can do is plan your life around the results of the elections. Plan and react; don't participate.
Brad Barber October 18, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Charles, As one of the candidates, I too dislike the a image of these signs. Most of my signs are in front yards of homes of people who support me and in a few key public places. I promise that mine will be removed soon after the election. Charles: I used to think a lot like you, but realized that doing something is so much better then complaining. It is what I teach my kids and decided it something I should live by. We have little influence on state and national politics, but you certainly have input on local items. Having good friends and family who have served to give us this right - I feel it is an obligation. So how about an all of the above strategy ? Clean your garage, go to the beach and get to know your neighbors and get involved. Voting only takes a few minutes but living takes a lifetime.
Charles October 18, 2012 at 03:14 AM
"Voting only takes a few minutes " This is true. A monkey could vote. However, researching to vote takes time and the return on investment of this time not worth it. I don't feel it is an obligation. I'll let you get involved. Go for it. Have fun. Life is too short to spend time participating in politics. Like I wrote above, plan and react. Unless an individual simply enjoys the acts of political research and voting (kind of like a hobby or recreational activity) participating in elections is a waste of time.
Eric Bergstrom October 18, 2012 at 04:02 AM
By the way, I tried to organize debates between all the Laguna Niguel and Dana Point Candidates for the voting public to get a better idea of who they're casting their votes for. They decided it wasn't necessary. What do you think, folks? What have they got to hide? I guess they believe you can get all the information you need on a yard sign.
Brad Barber October 18, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Eric, I did get several emails from you soliciting for advertising opportunities within the Patch. If there was a time where we could all get together AND have a high audience turn out I am sure most of the candidates would participate. Most of the candidates in both towns have families and jobs on top of "campaigning" and it gets tough to fit it all in. I agree that too many people vote based upon a "street sign" as many of the candidates have few in actual yards. The Patch has done a great job of posting out information for people to have access to. We can hope and keep working on getting more people interested. One way I believe this will happen is by NOT electing the same group of people year after year.
Bigwavedave October 18, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I have worked with Brad Barber on a number of volunteer service activities in the community and the city would benefit from his being elected to city council. He has my vote.
Stephanie D. Winstead, Esq. October 18, 2012 at 08:38 PM
If I'm going to vote at all, it needs to be an informed decision. Otherwise I may unknowingly support a person or Proposition I end up regretting. This is particularly important with regard to local politics. Investigate the City Council Candidates. However, I also understand that there is only so much time in the day. Most people understandably want to spend quality time with their family, so investigating candidates takes a back seat. If that's the case, then look at who other other trusted sources support and follow their lead. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/city-373973-candidates-niguel.html Just please don't use a dart board to pick your candidates.
Eric Bergstrom October 18, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Thank you Brad! Let's put it on our calendar. After all, a debate doesn't have to be heated and volatile. The whole idea is to get together, with civility, and discuss the issues affecting the voters. I'm glad to hear that you're game. The next time your name is on the ballot you're the first candidate calling for a debate. The debates we've held in RSM and Lake Forest were definitely eye-openers for the voters.
CBrian October 19, 2012 at 12:42 AM
I have known Brad Barber for many years. Brad is an upfront, honest guy. Having someone with integrity is what we should all look for in any elected official. That is why I am telling everyone to vote for Brad Barber!
KMac October 19, 2012 at 03:06 PM
I see Brad Barber as a 'non politician' who brings a fresh perspective in maintaining the standards we value in the Laguna Niguel community.
Jerry Slusiewicz November 06, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I beleive city council is a "non politician" position except for those who may use it as a stepping stone for further office. The majority do not go any further than the city council level. I for sure would not pursue any higher office. Being nominated as the Laguna Niguel "Citizen of the Year" last year was a humbling experience. It was also the culmination of years of service to the Laguna Niguel community. Five years as a Planning Commissioner, six years on the Investment and Audit committee, and a year on the Public Safety Board are just a few of the areas that I have served to earn the endorsement of the entire LN sitting City Council. I feel that it is time to move into a leadership role and respectfully ask you to vote for me today - not a political or a career move but a knowledgeable "help the community" move. Jerry Slusiewicz for Laguna Niguel City Council - the first name on the ballot

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