SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO : 11 Take Out Papers for Council Election

Eleven people so far have taken out nomination papers for the City Council election in November.

Three council seats are being contested, two of them available because incumbents Jeff Vasquez and Gary L. Hausdorfer have publicly announced that they will not seek reelection.

Two of the nine candidates have returned their papers to the city clerk, including incumbent Gil Jones and Serge Kohan, who describes himself as a salesman with a marketing background.

Kohan said Wednesday that he plans a grass-roots campaign in which 5,000 to 6,000 voters will be polled regarding their opinions on four core issues: crime, historic preservation, commercial development and immigration.


Jones has said he wants to make the city more business-friendly while continuing with historic preservation efforts.

According to the city clerk’s office, others who have taken out nomination papers are Philipe Delgado, a chief executive officer and business consultant; Robert Hagstrom, a retired military officer; John Greiner, a human resources executive and member of the city’s Planning Commission; Wyatt Hart, a retired Sheriff’s Department captain; David Hanson, a pharmacist; Mario Pina, a postal carrier; Stan Kensic, a retired police captain; Tim Holsten, a downtown business owner; and Tony J. Ionata, a retiree.

The filing deadline is Aug. 12. If any incumbent whose seat is up for election fails to submit papers by then, the deadline will be extended to Aug. 17.