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By Brian Park

Nine candidates will be vying for three seats on the San Juan Capistrano City Council in the November election, the City Clerk’s office confirmed Friday following the close of the nomination period at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

All three incumbents, Councilmen Larry Kramer, Derek Reeve and John Taylor, will be running for reelection. They are joined by Greg Acho, owner of a local digital marketing business; Kerry Ferguson, a former school teacher and owner of a tutoring business; Stephanie Frisch, a former Chamber of Commerce executive and insurance agent; Pam Patterson, an attorney; Jan Siegel, a Cultural Heritage Commissioner, historian and active volunteer; and Rob Williams, an architect and former chair of the Planning Commission.

The Secretary of State will be conducting a randomized alphabetical drawing on August 14 to determine the order in which the candidates’ names will appear on the November ballot.

All candidates submitted candidate statements except Acho.

Four residents pulled nomination papers but did not file them, including two former council candidates, Kim McCarthy and Jim Schneider.

McCarthy, who is on the editorial board for the local activist newspaper Community Common Sense, finished third in the 2012 election, behind Councilman Roy Byrnes and Mayor Sam Allevato. Schneider, a geologist who chose not to post signage during his campaign, finished last in a field of nine candidates in 2010.

Mike Maassen and Bryan Samuelson pulled papers the day before the deadline and did not file.

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  • Open letter to SJC Councilman Byrnes

    Open Letter to Mr. Roy Byrnes.

    We have an election coming in November and we have 9 candidates vying for 3 open slots. Mr. Byrnes, please resign your position now and make that 4 open slots. You are no longer an asset to our community. Stop now with your accomplishments from 50 years ago still remembered and let someone who can think 50 years in the future fill that spot. Your voting record is consistently “It’s too complicated. I don’t understand it so I abstain”. We need a Councilperson who does the research and understands the issue before coming to the dais. Please, resign now before you do more damage to San Juan Capistrano.

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