Early ballot returns show incumbent Sandy Rains leading all candidates for the race to one of three open seats on the Laguna Niguel City Council.
She was closely followed by Kelly Jennings and Rischi Paul Sharma.
With a total of eight candidates including one incumbent, Sharma led all candidates with money raised for his campaign, fundraising almost $60,000.
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All candidates have laid out their goals and priorities for the city with a population of nearly 70,000 people. With the majority of seats on the City Council up for grabs, the newcomers and the returning council members will have to deal with the consequences of COVID-19 and other issues the city is facing.