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ANAHEIM : New Councilmen to Be Sworn In Nov. 29

November 14, 1994|GREG HERNANDEZ

Lou Lopez and Bob Zemel, the city's newest council members, and Mayor Tom Daly, who was just reelected, will officially begin their terms of office after a swearing-in ceremony Nov. 29, city officials said.

Lopez and Zemel, who were the top two finishers in a field of 16 candidates, will attend their first council meeting Dec. 6, joining Daly and Councilman Frank Feldhaus on what will temporarily be a four-member council.

A fifth seat will remain vacant until a candidate is appointed by the council or voted in by special election if the council cannot agree on an appointment within 60 days.

For Zemel, 41, the third-place finisher in both the 1988 and 1992 council elections, the swearing-in ceremony will be particularly satisfying.

"It feels a lot better than it did two years ago," he said. "This time, it's a whole different story."

Zemel, who spent more than $50,000 during his campaign, said his victory was due to "citywide financial support that we didn't have before."

"I was able to get the message out that I was a fiscal conservative," he added.

"I'd like to see the city get back to running its business like a business."

Lopez, 50, an Anaheim police officer for more than 25 years, said crime is the city's top issue.

The councilman-elect, who spent more than $22,000 during his campaign, attributed his victory to a strong grass-roots effort.

"We went door-to-door and handed out more than 50,000 pieces of mail," he said.

"I met people one-to-one and they saw me as a person. I spent half the money that at least three candidates spent," he said.

"The bottom line is that the voter will not be fooled by money."

Lopez will step down as a member of the Anaheim Union School District Board of Trustees after being sworn in as a council member.

His school board term expires in 1996.

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