Lake Forest 2012 Election Guide

A quick look at the candidates and propositions affecting Lake Forest.

Here's a rundown of candidates and ballot measures facing Lake Forest voters in Tuesday's election.

Lake Forest City Council

Two seats are open on the Lake Forest City Council. They're currently held by Marcia Rudolph, a member of the city's founding council, and Mark Tettemer, who's been on the council since 2004.

Tettemer has decided not to run. Including incumbent Rudolph, there are seven contenders for the two seats:

  • Rudolph
  • Terry Anderson
  • Ken Carrell
  • Jim Gardner
  • Adam Nick
  • Dwight Robinson
  • Kathy Zechmeister

Review Patch's coverage here: 

  • GOP Takes Aim at 2 of Its Own in Lake Forest Race
  • 7 Council Candidates Share Views at Forum
  • Meet Council Candidates Oct. 10 at Beach & Tennis Club
  • Register Endorses Two Local Council Candidates

  • List of City Council Candidates Finalized

Saddleback Valley Unified School District

The Saddleback Valley Unified School District will have three trustee seats open. Four candidates, including the three current board members, are on the ballot.

Incumbents Ginny Fay Aitkens, Don Sedgwick and Suzie Swartz are aiming for re-election. Challenger Earl Carraway is campaigning for a term on the board.


In the 45th Congressional District U.S. Congressman John Campbell (R) will go up against Irvine Mayor Suhkee Kang.

United States Senate

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) will face Republican Challenger Elizabeth Emken in the race to represent California. One of the most entrenched incumbents in the senate, Feinstein has a whopping fundraising lead with $9,148,030 to Emken’s $676,726. Though she currently lives in Northern California, Emken grew up in Orange County.

State Senate

Sen. Mimi Walters will takes on attorney Steve Young in another matchup for the 37th Senate District.

More coverage: Lawsuit Claims State Sen. Walters Doesn't Live in Own District

State Assembly

Assemblyman Don Wagner will compete with opponent Christina Avalos for the 68th Assembly District seat.

California Ballot Propositions

Prop 30: Temporary Taxes to Fund Education

Prop 31: State Budget Process

Prop 32: Political Contributions by Payroll Deductions

Prop 33: Auto Insurance Rates

Prop 34: Death Penalty Repeal

Prop 35: Human Trafficking/Sex Offender Penalties

Prop 36: Three Strikes Law

Prop 37: Genetically Modified Foods

Prop 38: Tax to Fund Education and Early Childhood Programs  

Prop 39: Multistate Business Tax

Prop 40: Redistricting

Jim Gardner November 06, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Thanks to The Patch for providing excellent local coverage of the election. This was an opportunity for candidates and the public to interact, ask questions, make comments, etc. Regardless of the outcome, the City is stronger and our citizens are better informed as a result of the work of The Patch.
Susan November 06, 2012 at 05:38 PM
MUST read: "Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney Unfit for Office" http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reawakening-liberty/2012/nov/2/support-kill-list-and-ndaa-make-obama-and-romney-u/
Rob Lange November 06, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Just came from voting and as I was approaching the desk for verification I was pulling out my license. I was told by the worker " Oh, we don't need to see that". I put it away, told them who I was and verified my address and was given permission to vote. It's that easy? Really?


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