By Andrea Papagianis
Candidates looking to fill one of three seats opening up on the Dana Point City Council could pull nominee papers on Monday, July 14 as the nomination period officially opened.
Three of the five-member body’s seats are up grabs as Mayor Lisa Bartlett and Councilman Steven Weinberg are termed out of their seats and Councilman Bill Brough will not seek reelection.
Bartlett is vying for the 5th District seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors, which is being vacated by Supervisor Pat Bates who is running unopposed for the state Senate’s 36th District that encompasses parts of Orange and San Diego counties. Bartlett will face Robert Ming, a Laguna Niguel city councilman, in the November 4 general election.
Brough will not pursue his council seat for a second term as he moves forward in pursuit of the California Assembly’s 73rd District seat. In the June 3 primary, Brough was the second-highest vote getter behind Wendy Gabriella, a constitutional lawyer and Irvine Valley College professor. The two will face off for the seat being vacated by Brough’s former boss, Assemblywoman Diane Harkey.
Councilman Carlos Olvera and Scott Schoeffel will remain in their council positions.
Since Brough is not seeking re-election, the nominating period for all candidates has been extended until Wednesday, August 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Four residents have pulled nomination papers, according to City Clerk Kathy Ward. Those who have started the candidacy nominating process include: Joe Muller, Jody Payne, Chuck Rathbone and Alan Wickstrom. All candidates must compile at least 20 signatures from registered voters from Dana Point, which will still have to be verified by the Orange County Registrar.
Learn about the city’s election at www.danapoint.org. Scroll over the tab labeled “City Government” and click on “City Clerk.” On the left side of the City Clerk’s page, click on “Elections.” Listed there is information on requirements for candidate filing and voting registration.