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ANAHEIM – Leonard Lahtinen, a 26-year member of the North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees and longtime West Anaheim community leader, announced his intention today to run for the City of Anaheim’s newly created 1st District City Council seat in
Lahtinen, a 54-year resident of West Anaheim, is a retired high school teacher from the Anaheim Union High School District. Long active in the West Anaheim community, he presently serves as Vice Chair of the West Anaheim Neighborhood Council. He has also served as President of the Anaheim Secondary Teachers Association, a Team Manager within the West Anaheim Little League, a member of the Board of Directors of the Anaheim Boys and Girls Club and the Board of Trustees for the Anaheim Museum, and as Foreman Pro Tem for the Orange County Grand Jury.
“I am running to help make sure West Anaheim gets its fair share of city resources,” said Lahtinen, who first moved to his west side neighborhood in 1962, upon accepting a teaching position with the local school district. “The Beach Boulevard and Brookhurst Street corridors sorely need attention, we need to improve police department resources and the number of officers serving our area, our sidewalks need repair, and we need to improve our local street lighting. I think I can make a difference.”
An elected member of the North Orange County Community College District Board since 1990, Lahtinen helped bring classrooms and the community college district’s administrative headquarters to Anaheim, where it today occupies the former Martin Luther Hospital building on Romney Drive. He has also help facilitate the planning and implementation of numerous improvements to the District’s Cypress College, Fullerton College, and Continuing Education campuses.
Lahtinen has a B.A. Degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s Degree from Northern Illinois University. He and his wife Jan are active members of the Faith Lutheran Church of West Anaheim and are very proud of the fact that their sons, Lee and Todd, grew up attending local public schools in West Anaheim.
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