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Voters Send Ury, Schlicht Back to Council

Incumbents Frank Ury and Cathy Schlicht defeated four challengers in the race for two Mission Viejo City Council seats.

Barack Obama isn't the only one who gets to keep his job.

With all precincts counted, Mayor Frank Ury and Councilwoman Cathy Schlicht have defeated four challengers to return to the Mission Viejo City Council.

Challenger Wendy Bucknum received 302 fewer votes than Schlicht to end the race in third place.

Here is the final vote tally:

-Mayor Frank Ury: 14,753 (27.2 percent)

-Councilwoman Cathy Schlicht: 12,557 (23.1 percent)

-Challenger Wendy Bucknum: 12,255 (22.6 percent)

-Challenger Ed Sachs: 8,068 (14.8 percent)

-Challenger Richard Coleman: 3,795 (7 percent)

-Challenger Desi Kiss: 2,906 (5.3 percent)

Early in the evening as the results came in, Bucknum attended a post-election party with Ury, Councilman Dave Leckness and Councilwoman Trisha Kelley, among others.

Bucknum said she was happy with her campaign.

"I've done all I can. Here is the support," she said, gesturing to the partygoers. "I worked really hard and that's all you can do."

Frank Ury said he was confident the early tallies indicated his future success at the poll. He's been elected twice before by the largest number of votes in city history.

"I'm just really hoping Wendy can prevail," he said. "Hopefully we out-hustled them."

Leckness has supported Bucknum and Ury, most recently by standing on street corners and greeting residents for the past four nights. He said mail-in voters might have favored Schlicht because they didn't yet meet Bucknum.

Leckness said Bucknum and her campaign crew visited "almost every house in Mission Viejo."

Schlicht refused to comment.

"I have no respect for your publication," she told Patch.

What do you think of the election results? Tell us below in our comments.

Dan Avery November 08, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Care to explain to me exactly why they are offensive, Lovely? Being offensive is never my intent. When you make a charge like that it helps to be specific. Otherwise, you run the risk of being written off as a kook like Cricket et.al.
Terry Brown November 08, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Sure we do!
Walt Halagarda November 08, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Regarding the dog park, I agree with Mr. Avery's comments about the interaction of both individuals and dog owners at a dog park. We have visited several parks and it always so easy to start a conversation, because you already have something in common, your pets. We frequent the dog park off Sand Canyon in Irvine. Our 2 dogs can sense we are getting close and get very excited. I suspect anyone opposing a dog park does not have a dog and have never visited a dog park themselves. Volunteers have worked to acquire funds from dog owners to help defray the ongoing costs of the park. The plan is to put in comfortable benches and other amenities paid for by money donated to the cause. I believe most families have a dog and favor the park. Not everyone uses the library or animal shelter, but we shouldn't tear them down because some don't take advantage of the facilities. The Council should listen to what I believe is the majority and WORK TOGETHER to build a dog park that we can be proud of. I'll get off my soapbox now.
Peter Schelden November 08, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Lovey, if you see a comment by anyone that is offensive, please flag it. If enough people flag a comment on Patch, it will come down for an editor to review it. Rather than screen each individual comment, we prefer the community enforce reasonable standards on the comment boards. Please help us do that by flagging objectionable content.
Dan Avery November 09, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Thanks Mr. Halagarda. I look forward to working with you once we break ground on the park. Should be in the Spring.

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