Four challengers will seek to unseat three incumbents in Dana Point's first municipal election since incorporation, while in Irvine Mayor Larry Agran will face a fellow City Council member for that city's top elected spot on the June 5 ballot.
Dana Point City Council members Eileen Krause, Ingrid McGuire and Michael Eggers met the Friday deadline and filed the necessary documents to run for reelection, City Clerk Mary Carlson said.
Also qualifying for the ballot were Harold Kaufman, Karen Lloreda, Thomas Moy and William Petersen. Two would-be challengers, Cloyce Kelly and Aaron De Los Reyes, were disqualified after failing to turn in nomination papers by the 5 p.m. deadline.
The upcoming election will mark the first time that members of the City Council in the 14-month-old city of Dana Point will run for reelection. Observers and incumbents say that challengers will be hard-pressed to campaign on substantive issues to gain name recognition.
"Quite frankly, the honeymoon of cityhood has continued," said Eggers, an administrative aide to Rep. Ron Packard (R-Carlsbad). "Any of the challengers are going to have to show a real reason for making a change."
But opponents claim that the council in general has not implemented some campaign promises and has been unapproachable.
"There's a measure of aloofness that I want to get rid of," said Kaufman, 48, who lost his first bid for Dana Point City Council during the June 7, 1988, incorporation vote.
"I want us to keep a small-city, small-town atmosphere," he said. "You can't do it in Santa Ana, but you can do it here."
Lloreda, 42, pointed out that there is no one on the council or in the various commissions and committees who lives in Capistrano Beach.
Although she has not run for city office before, Lloreda said that she is qualified for a seat on the council because she has attended almost every council meeting and was actively involved in the incorporation effort.
Petersen, a 38-year-old optometrist, and Moy, a 42-year-old teacher for the California Department of Corrections, have also not run for any political office before.
Both Petersen and Moy said that they would support slow growth and environmental issues.
In Irvine, the mayor's race will be a head-to-head showdown between incumbent Agran and Councilwoman Sally Anne Sheridan.
Democrat Agran, a lawyer who was elected mayor in 1988 and served two terms as a City Council appointee before that, has gained national attention for environmentalist policies, such as the city's ban on chlorofluorocarbons. He is also noted for his efforts to preserve open space in the city.
Agran has espoused a policy of applying local politics to global affairs, an idea he describes as "thinking globally and acting locally."
Sheridan, a Republican realtor who was first elected in 1984, has often urged the Irvine City Council to focus more on local issues.
Agran and Sheridan disagree on many issues, including the question of expanding two overpasses on Yale Avenue to accommodate vehicular traffic.
Agran has backed a measure to keep the overpasses restricted to pedestrians and emergency vehicles while Sheridan has sided with the supporters of an initiative that would widen them to accommodate two-lane traffic.
Although the cost of expanding the bridges that span the San Diego Freeway and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad tracks has not been determined, estimates have indicated it could cost $3 million per bridge.
The June 5 ballot also features races for two seats on the Irvine City Council.
Incumbent Councilman Cameron L. Cosgrove, who retained his post despite a court battle to unseat him, has filed papers seeking reelection.
But Councilman Ed Dornan has decided not to seek reelection, giving potential City Council candidates more time in which to file. Under city codes, when an incumbent does not file for reelection, potential candidates are given five extra days in which to file for the post. The filing deadline has been extended to Wednesday, according to City Clerk Nancy Lacey.
CITY FILINGS FOR JUNE 5 PRIMARY IRVINE CITY COUNCIL* (2 seats)
Cameron L. Cosgrove (Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Co.); William (Art) Bloomer (vice president of American Protective Services). MAYOR
Larry A. Agran (incumbent and a lawyer); Sally Anne Sheridan (city councilwoman and real estate agent). DANA POINT CITY COUNCIL (3 seats) Michael Eggers (incumbent and congressional aide); Ingrid Mcguire (incumbent and homemaker); Eileen L. Krause (mayor and businesswoman); Harold Kaufman (settlement broker); Karen Lloreda (homemaker); Thomas Moy (teacher); William L. Petersen (optometrist). *Filing deadline extended because incumbent not seeking reelection. \o7 Source: county registrar's office\f7