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Candidates Flock to the Starting Gates for Races in 19 Cities

August 09, 1986|HEIDI EVANS | Times Staff Writer

Twenty-one candidates--the most in any city in the county--will be vying for four City Council seats. Among them are four of the city's seven planning commissioners and the husband of a councilwoman whose term expires this fall.

City Atty. Gail Hutton, who is hoping to win a third term, faces one challenger--Orange County Deputy Dist. Atty. Ted Johnson.

The four council seats are up for grabs because incumbents Don MacAllister, Robert Mandic Jr., John Thomas and Ruth Bailey must step down after serving the city-mandated two-term limit.

Bailey's husband, Sherwood, a businessman and civil engineer, is among the crowded field of candidates, which also includes: Wesley Bannister, local business owner; Elaine Craft, community volunteer; Robert Crawfis, attorney; John Erskine, planning commissioner; George Hanna, toolmaker; Timothy Klink, businessman; LaVonne Lawlor, bookkeeper; Tom Livengood, planning commissioner; Virgil Lovelace, author.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday August 13, 1986 Orange County Edition Metro Part 2 Page 2 Column 4 Metro Desk 3 inches; 96 words Type of Material: Correction
A candidates' roundup story in Saturday's Orange County section contained errors in the Placentia contests. Five candidates, including two former council members, will vie for two City Council seats in Placentia. Incumbent Carol Downey, who was appointed after another member resigned from the City Council last November, is running. And among the candidates is April Ottavian, who works in the Cal State Fullerton admissions office and who made an unsuccessful bid for a City Council seat in 1980. In Placentia's city treasurer race, Carolyn H. Davis, a real estate agent who was appointed to the post earlier this year, will run against newcomer Gary Richard Arnold, a businessman.

Also running are Dan Mahaffey, businessman; Thomas Mays, business management specialist; Norma Vander Molen, community services commissioner; Anthony Passannante, pharmacist; Richard Rowe, planning commissioner; James Silva, economics educator; Jay Stout, accountant; Donald Troy, small businessman; John Valentino, retired; Grace Winchell, planning commissioner, and Henry Yee, certified public accountant.

Laguna Beach

So far, five candidates, including incumbents Dan Kenney and Robert Gentry, are making the run for three seats on the Laguna Beach council. However, the filing deadline has been extended to Wednesday since one incumbent, Councilwoman Bobbie Minkin, announced that she would not seek reelection.

The other three official candidates in the race are Lida Lenney, a teacher and writer; Rick Slater, a maintenance worker, and Maggie Meggs, a local newspaper columnist.

La Palma

In a race for two seats on the City Council, incumbent Larry Herman will face Maxine Dillard, a businesswoman; Pat Fossen, a postal service accountant, and Eva Minor, a dental consultant.

Because Councilwoman Norma Seidel has not filed for reelection, the filing deadline has been extended to Wednesday.

Newport Beach

Nine candidates will compete for four City Council seats in what is expected to be a lively race over the volatile issue of this resort city's future development.

Incumbent Don Strauss, who has been a strong advocate of restrained growth, and Eveyln Hart are seeking reelection. Among those seeking those seats and those vacated by Bill Agee and Jacqueline E. Heather are Allan Beek, a computer designer who is spearheading a citizens' drive to overturn the council's recent approval of the Newport Center expansion project, and Michael Lapin, an attorney who has been endorsed by County Supervisor Thomas F. Riley.

Also in the race are Pat Michaels, a broadcasting executive; James Person, a city planning commissioner and attorney; Philip Sansone, a retired marketing executive; Clarence Turner, a city planning commissioner, and Harmon Weston, a retired schoolteacher.

While council members run at large in Newport Beach, each member represents one of the city's seven districts. Filing closed Friday for candidates running in District 1 (the Balboa Peninsula) and District 3 (Newport Heights). It will close Wednesday for District 4, which includes the Mariners Mile, Dover Shores and Back Bay areas, and District 6, which includes old Corona del Mar.

Orange

Because two incumbents decided not to run for reelection, the filing deadline has been extended until Wednesday.

Mayor James H. Beam is running for the Orange County Board of Supervisors, and Councilman Jess F. Perez has decided to forego another run at his council seat to take a shot at the vacated mayor's post. Incumbent Don E. Smith, who had considered a run at the mayor's office, instead filed for reelection as a council member.

Perez's only opponent for mayor so far is banker Robert D. Hoyt. The council field so far includes Smith, retired businesswoman Lois Wells, businesswoman Joanne Coontz, Orange County Marshal Michael Carona, community college trustee Shirley Ralston, environmentalist Juan B. Nieblas, securities analyst Timothy Smith and businessman James H. Silva.

Placentia

Three incumbents, two former council members and one newcomer will vie for two City Council seats.

The incumbents are Carolyn H. Davis, a realtor; April Ottavian, an elementary-school teacher, and Carol Downey, who was appointed after another member of the council resigned last November.

The two former council members in the race are Norman Z. Eckenrode, a businessman who served on the council from 1978 to 1984, and Betty Mead, who served from 1978 until she was recalled in 1982 "for failure to represent the citizens of Placentia." Also running is newcomer George E. Petzoldt, who listed his occupation as operations manager.

Since Councilman Richard Buck has not filed for reelection, the deadline for filing will be extended until Wednesday.

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