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Most Laguna Beach council prospects haven’t officially filed candidate papers

Most Laguna Beach council prospects haven’t officially filed candidate papers
Laguna Beach Councilman Rob Zur Schmiede, who is running for reelection this year, reported nearly $20,000 in his campaign fund as of June 30, tops among hopefuls whose campaign financing information was available. (File Photo)

Laguna Beach city clerk’s records showed Tuesday that of 10 people who had pulled papers indicating their intent to run for City Council in the November election, only three had turned them in to become official candidates. The filing deadline is Aug. 15.

Of the three who had filed, Councilman Rob Zur Schmiede, who is seeking reelection, reported nearly $20,000 in his campaign fund as of June 30. He was first elected to the council in 2014 after serving on the city Planning Commission and Design Review Board.

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Lorene Auger, who also goes by “Lorene Laguna,” has been involved in Laguna Canyon issues and in 2016 sought regulations of panhandling in the city.

The third official candidate is Judie Mancuso, an animal-rights activist who ran unsuccessfully in 2016.

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Campaign finance information for Auger and Mancuso was unavailable.

Planning Commissioner Sue Kempf, though not an official candidate as of Tuesday, had raised about $14,000 toward her campaign as of May 31, according to the latest records available.

Councilwoman Toni Iseman’s seat is up for election, but she has not publicly stated whether she will run again. The five-term council member was first elected in 1998.

Bradley Zint is a contributor to Times Community News.

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