The filing deadline to run for a Laguna Beach city council seat came and went this past Friday at 5 p.m., and now we know who'll be running for the two available spots when the November 6 election rolls around. They are:
Steve Dicterow, a former city council member from 1994-2006, during which he served three terms as mayor.
Contributors to Dicterow's campaign include former council member Cheryl Kinsman and her Chamber of Commerce president husband Michael ($360 each); Festival of Arts president Fred Sattler ($200); and Irvine attorney Donald Segretti ($100), a onetime operative for Richard Nixon, who served jail time for his involvement in the Watergate scandal.
According to campaign disclosure statements, through the first six months of 2012, Dicterow raised $5,993. As of June 30, he had $3,165.91 cash on hand.
Jane Egly, the current mayor and a council member since 2004, vying for her third four-year term.
Contributors to Egly's campaign include Laguna Beach Books owner Jane Hanauer ($200); Laguna Beach Unified School District board member Elizabeth Jenkins ($570, donated with her husband, Gary Jenkins); IMAX filmmaker Greg MacGillivray ($360); Hobie owner Mark Christy ($200); Laguna Canyon Foundation Administrative Director Guinevare Breeding ($100); former council member Wayne Peterson ($360); Mozambique owner Ivan Spiers ($360); Laguna Beach Independent publisher Alan Simon ($100); and current council member Kelly Boyd ($335). Cheryl and Michael Kinsman also donated $360 apiece to Egly's campaign.
According to campaign disclosure statements, through the first six months of 2012, Egly raised $17,447. As of June 30, she had $9,315.58 cash on hand.
Verna Rollinger, a council member since 2008. Rollinger was also the Laguna Beach city clerk for 29 years, retiring from that post in 2004.
Contributors to Rollinger's campaign include Irvine city council member Larry Agran ($100); former council member Bob Gentry ($100); toy entrepreneuer Lou Novak ($170); businessman Mark Towfiq, whose plans to remodel his Rockledge neighborhood house have stirred up much controversy ($360); and Women in Leadership, a Newport Beach political action committee ($360). Guinevare Breeding also contributed $100 to Rollinger.
According to campaign disclosure statements, through the first six months of 2012, Rollinger raised $52,026.23. As of June 30, she had $31,983.71 cash on hand.
Robert Ross, a longtime Laguna Beach resident who often speaks passionately at city council meetings. Ross filed his candidacy declaration papers on Friday. As of post time, there is not any public information regarding his campaign finance contributions.
Bob Whalen, current member of the city's planning commission, running for a council seat for the first time.
Contributors to Whalen's campaign include architect Anders Lasater ($360); financial advisor and chair of the Laguna Beach Community Foundation Laura Tarbox ($360); La Casa del Camino owner Chris Keller ($360); retired political consultant and former presidential candidate Fred Karger ($100); and council member Elizabeth Pearson ($125).
In addition to Egly, Greg MacGillivray also gave $360 to Whalen's campaign, as did Wayne Peterson. Council member Kelly Boyd also contributed $150 to Whalen. In addition to Rollinger, Mark Towfiq donated $360 to Whalen. Mark Christy gave $298 to Whalen and also donated to Egly. Ivan Spiers gave $360 to Whalen and Egly.
According to campaign disclosure statements, through the first six months of 2012, Whalen raised $45,414.07. As of June 30, he had $38,374.18 cash on hand.
A potential sixth candidate, S.V. Macias, filed to be a candidate on Friday, but according to the city clerk's office, not enough qualifying nomination paper signatures were submitted.
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