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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.