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San Juan's 2012 General Election Guide

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting San Juan Capistrano and the county.

As we look ahead to November’s general election, San Juan Capistrano Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Here’s our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near.

Two seats are open on the San Juan Capistrano City Council. They're currently held by Laura Freese, a first-termer, and Sam Allevato, who's been on the council since 2004.

. There are six candidates:

The will have four trustee seats open. Two are held by John Alpay and Gary Pritchard, who were just .

When the board , Trustee Sue Palazzo's residence was not included in her area, so she may not run for re-election and has said she wasn't planning to, anyway.

Trustee Jack Brick is the other trustee whose seat is up this year. He has not indicated whether he will make another go of it.

This is the first year where voters can only vote for one trustee because of the passage of .

So, two of the seats open this year include parts of San Juan Capistrano in the trustee areas. These are the candidates in Trustee Area No. 1:

And these are the candidates in Trustee Area No. 2:

  • Don Franklin Richardson

The 49th U.S. congressional district is new to San Juan Capistrano, after we were redistricted out of Rep. Ken Calvert's district. Republican Rep. Darrell Issa  is the incumbent. He's been representing his district, which includes North San Diego County and South Riverside County, since 2001.

Democrat Jerry Tetalman.

In the 73rd Assembly District, Diane Harkey took a commanding lead in the primaries with nealry 70 percent of the vote. But rival Jim Corbett, a teacher at known for his over allegedly irreligious comments, says he'll be in November.

Be sure to check out our past coverage of the candidates by clicking on their names and bookmark this page for updates on the races.

Jaimie Muehlhausen June 18, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Jerry Tetalman in the 49th District! Time to finally make a change away from the publicity hound Issa and get someone who will actually represent the people of our district rather than his own special financial interests.
Jim Corbett June 19, 2012 at 06:56 AM
Actually, what I said was that I recognize that with a 2-1 Republican majority, I've got a tough mountain to climb. Still, Harkey is facing a lawsuit in September over her involvement in a scandal relating to her activities as an officer in a family run mortgage bank. She's accused of fraud, theft, elder abuse, misappropriation of funds and much more that resulted in dozens of people losing everything. The lawyers in the case are taking it on a contingency, so they do expect to win. In addition, while Harkey was in office South County has sent buckets of tax money to Sacramento while getting back little more than half a glass. This is particularly important because CUSD, on a per student basis, gets less money from the State than any other District of similar size. Harkey probably doesn't care because she sends her child to private school, but voters should care that their children are being short change. Harkey hasn't even addressed the problem spending time instead on the high speed rail, while our teachers have taken the biggest pay cuts in Orange County. Moreover, she supports a toll road that would destroy Trestles as a premier surfing spot
Dusty W Otero November 06, 2012 at 07:48 PM
HARKEY is one sided ...she doesn't care about jobs...we pay her salary she does not like unions,,,she needs to be spanked lol

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