The makeup of both the Laguna Niguel and Dana Point city councils changed dramatically Tuesday with the election of four new council members and one incumbent.
In Laguna Niguel, council newcomers Laurie Davies, Jerry Slusiewicz and Jerry McCloskey won the three open seats. In Dana Point, Councilman J. Scott Schoeffel won re-election, and challenger Carlos N. Olvera won the second open seat.
Laguna Niguel’s three winners thanked the voters Tuesday night.
"I want to thank all my supporters and I am excited to serve the city of Laguna Niguel," Davies said Tuesday evening. "I am grateful and overwhelmed by all the support given to me."
"I am grateful for all the support given to me and there is a lot of quality people in Laguna Niguel, and I appreciate all the efforts to help me win. I know we all wanted to win, and I am humbled and look forward to serving Laguna Niguel," said Slusiewicz.
"I am humbled and gratified by my election to the Laguna Niguel City Council. I truly feel that I have been called by the Lord to serve our City and its residents,” said Jerry McCloskey. “I will do my best to bring wisdom and discernment to the Council. It has been a long, but interesting, race. I wish to thank all of my fellow candidates for their courtesy and fairness during the campaign. My special thanks to those who supported and helped me win my seat on the Council.”
Laguna Niguel (three-seats,):
Laurie Davies: 13,702 votes or 28.7 percent of the vote
Jerry McCloskey: 11,093 votes or 23.3 percent
Jerry Slusiewicz: 11,471 votes or 24.1 percent
Brad Barber: 6,043 votes or 12. 7 percent
Tony English: 5,358 or 11.2 percent
Dana Point (two-seats):
J. Scott Schoeffel: 5,568 or 29.7 percent
Carlos N. Olvera: 5,083, or 27.1 percent
Norm Denton: 4,722 or 25.2 percent
Ed Stevenson: 3,352 or 17.9 percent
In Laguna Niguel, there were five candidates vying for the three seats because those seats belonging to Councilman Gary Capata and Mayor Paul Glaab termed out and cannot run again until 2014.