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A Big Day on the Campaign Trail

The incumbents and the man they're running in tandem with get another endorsement for City Council in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Friday was a good day for three candidates who are seeking positions on the Rancho Santa Margarita City Council.

A day after receiving endorsements from the Orange County Register, Tony Beall, Carol Gamble and Brad McGirr received the endorsement of the South Orange County Political Action Committee.

Beall, who has been mayor the last two years and has served on council since 2004, and Gamble, one of the city founders and an original councilwoman before resigning in 2004, are seeking the public's vote for the two four-year seats that are available.

The other person in the race who is running for one of those seats is businessman Kenney Hrabik.

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McGirr, who is essentially running in tandem with Beall and Gamble—all three names appear on some election signs—is running for the two-year seat that is available to fill out the term left by Gary Thompson's resignation.

Glenn Acosta and Larry McCook are also vying for that seat on the council.

The South Orange County Political Action Committee is sponsored by the South Orange County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The general election is Nov. 6, but absentee ballots were mailed out earlier this week.

Lawrence (Larry) McCook October 13, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Eric, If you knew me (like my friends for 40+ years have) in comparison to the current politicians you would know that I am one of the most positive people running for City Council. You need to attend more City Council Meetings (if you have ever attended any? I have attended almost all council meetings over the last 3 years) to listen to "sour grapes" spoken at times by the RSM politicians. They are often condescending to voters when they do not agree with them. Sometimes they smirk like Joe Biden did this week. I will be there for All RSM Residents and Voters. You do not succeed in founding companies (which I have successfully) with a negative attitude. I actually have found considerable levity with most of the endorsements. I am a tough former Marine, a champion in developing business and the right answer for Rancho Santa Margarita City Coumcil. www.larry4rsm.com
Stamper October 15, 2012 at 04:45 AM
OK, so i have a question i hope someone can answer. Aren't there any rules about where campaign signs can be placed? We have rules about garage sale signes and open house signs and you can't just put them up anywhere. But i keep seeing some signs all over the place and it makes our city look trashy. i don't mind if it's on someone's lawn but I don't like it when there all over the place. Are you allowed to do that? Also, i keep seeing that campaign truck parked all over town. Again, it looks trashy, and it's always parked on corners so you cant see around it for on coming traffic. Is there any one we can go to to make them move it?
Magnus October 20, 2012 at 02:28 AM
I agree with Stamper (on the truck). It is rather annoying and is clearly skirting the campaign sign rules that everyone else is abiding to.
myrsm2012 October 26, 2012 at 06:10 AM
I can not think that I sponsored this man with his sound ordnance issues. We as a community (that used his facility) thought that he was not being treated properly. I now see a man that has a vendetta against our wonderful city leadership. He is so blinded by rage that he is willing to place vehicles with messages on them outside of schools bashing the parents of students. He breaks the law to promote his message by parking large oversized vehicles in no parking zones and when asked to stop doing so he then continues again, even after the police have given him citations. I will give him one piece of good information that he did suspend parking his vehicles in no parking zones for two days after being asked to stop and then removed them after being asked again. I am not sure if he was doing so because he wanted to do that right thing or if he is just worried that I would become another voice against him. I truly wish him the best of luck but think that there are other people running for office that will offer so much more to our community and be selfless instead of being selfish. I do know who is am not voting for this November and do know who I would never support at a public hearing. I wish Kenny the best of luck as he might be a good person deep down.
Roy November 05, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I would guess that if the City of RSM put you through what the Dove Canyon Court Yard had to go through you would want to see the people responsible for that taken out of the position as well. At least he has enough spit and fire to stand up and take a roll at trying to change the system that is broken then just spew words of anger at them. I see a person who wants change made to a broken system, where his company was made a villain by a couple RSM residents who have friends in high places. If you had to shell out over $300,000.00 to fight a city, when you had done nothing wrong, would you be happy? I think RSM residents should be happy they refunded just $50,000.00 to the Dove Canyon Courtyard instead of all the attorney fees associated with the court battle.

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