Eight candidates, including one incumbent, are vying for three open seats on the Laguna Niguel City Council on Tuesday.
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In a city with a population of nearly 70,000 people, Laguna Niguel could see a majority of new faces make up the panel.
Up for election is Sherry Astrella, a retired business planner, Stephanie Oddo, a personal protective equipment provider, Shanana (Shani) Moslehi, an entrepreneur, John Dhaliwal, Michael Harvey Fair, an event security supervisor, Sandy Rains, a business owner and current City Council member, Kelly Jennings, a board member of the Moulton Niguel Water District, and Rischi Paul Sharma, a city commissioner and business owner.
The newcomers and the continuing council members will be dealing with the consequences of COVID-19 and other issues the city is facing.
Rischi Paul Sharma, who has raised almost $60,000 for his campaign from Jan. 1 to Oct. 17, plans to oppose new taxes and fees, develop sustainable revenue opportunities, and create solutions for future pension obligations, according to his statement of qualifications.
Shani Moslehi raised almost $33,000 for her campaign. Her statement of qualifications states that she is the best candidate to lead the city to financial sustainability and prevent future potential budget deficits.
Michael Harvey Fair has raised slightly over $1,500 and plans to increase public safety, assist small business owners, and maintain a fiscally conservative city budget, according to his statement of qualifications.
Lastly, John Dhaliwal is running for City Council but has not turned in a statement of qualifications. He plans to raise less than and spend less than $2,000 on his campaign, according to a campaign financial statement.
Correction: A previous version of this story erroneously paraphrased Stephanie Oddo’s campaign statement that she would “provide leadership to those who feel like their voice is not heard in local government,” stating instead that she “would provide leadership for minorities.” We regret the error.