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Two candidates are vying for an open seat in the San Juan Capistrano City Council election on Tuesday. 

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Of the two candidates, John Alpay and Howard Hart, Alpay has raised more campaign funds than his opponent this election season. The candidates are competing for the District 5 seat, which is currently filled by Councilman Brian Maryott who is running in the 49th Congressional District race. 

Alpay is running on a platform to “recharge [the] city’s economic engine,” as well as support public safety and education, according to Alpay’s campaign website

Alpay served two terms as trustee for the San Juan Capistrano Unified School District and currently serves as the chairman of the board of the city’s chamber of commerce.

Hart’s platform includes improving open spaces and trails, and protecting neighborhoods by supporting first responders and “regulating residential treatment facilities,” according to Hart’s campaign statement

Hart served in the Navy for 30 years as a naval Intelligence officer and now works for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

From the start of his campaign in January through Oct. 17, Alpay has raised $39,000, according to his campaign finance disclosure statement. Hart began his campaign in February and has raised $22,000, according to his campaign finance disclosure statement.  

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