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Voting Absentee? Here are 4 City Council Choices

Be an informed voter. Learn more about your Mission Viejo City Council choices here.

Editor's note: Candidates Cathy Schlicht and Ed Sachs did not respond to requests to be interviewed.

Absentee voting starts Monday, and Mission Viejo's city council has two seats up for grabs this November. With six candidates to choose from, how do you decide who gets your vote?

Here's a chance to learn more about the candidates. These four candidates agreed to tell Patch readers what to expect from them as council candidates. They are listed in the order in which they were interviewed.

Wendy Bucknum

This is Bucknum's first time running for a council seat. She's a governmental & public affairs manager closely connected to Mission Viejo's business community.

Bucknum says she has a lot of support from the sports community, seniors and school volunteers, as well as past council members.

She said government and businesses must work together, and as a council member she would find ways to support the city's tax base:

"The city needs to reach out to businesses. We need to go after some businesses and explain to them why Mission Viejo is a great place to operate a business. If there are things getting in the way, we need to come up with a common sense approach to solving that."

Frank Ury

Ury seeks his third and final term on the city council this year. (Term limits would prevent him from seeking a fourth term).

In 2004, Ury was the top vote-getter with 18,772. In fact he received more votes than any other candidate since the city was incorporated in 1987. In 2008 he again led the candidates with 16,928 votes.

He said that forging close relationships with local businesses and government officials is key to Mission Viejo's future. Sharing school amenities is one way this could work, he said:

"If schools will let us use the fields for AYSO (soccer) on Saturdays, Sundays, maybe we’ll split the maintenance fees wih them."

Desi Kiss

Another council newcomer is Desi Kiss, who owns and manages DJK Engineering from his Mission Viejo home.

Kiss said his experience working on behalf of large companies like Disney has given him the practical know-how to deal with the city's problems.

He has criticized the city for using contracted building planners, a relationship that leaves the potential for corruption, he said.

Kiss said his engineering experience would add an expertise to the council:

"The City Council appears to lack many areas of expertise with the engineering profession. Public safety would be one of the issues of concern."

Richard Coleman

Test engineer manager Coleman moved to Mission Viejo 14 years ago.

He said a desire to offer public service inspired him to run for city council:

"I’ve never run for anything in my life. Last year when we started hearing about all these cities having problems with their finances, with their debt, I thought, 'I wonder how our city is doing. I wonder if there is some way that I might assist."

Keep an eye on Patch for full interviews with these candidates. If you really want to get to know your council candidates, plan to attend the Patch City Council debate Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Murray Community Center.

Mitch Kronowit October 12, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Second what "Mission Viejo Family" said. Cathy Schlicht does't give a damn what the community wants. She acts like Mission Viejo is her private backyard to do what SHE wants - screw everybody else! Showing her the door next month is more important to me than the Presidential Election! I keep saying we have over THIRTY softball fields in this city that lie EMPTY over 80% of the time. A dog park wouldn't take up any more land than ONE softball field and it would get used 98% of the time, but NO, we can't spare the space? Spare me!
Dan Avery October 12, 2012 at 06:03 AM
As usual Desi Kiss has the figures confused. Not unusual for a man who believes Schlicht when she says we only have $800,000 in reserves; compared to the $26 Million that are actually in reserves. It's sad that they'd think you'd be stupid enough to fall for these figures.
Desi Kiss October 20, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Irrelevant of how much each of the candidates spend, (and some say it's all about money) it is ultimately up to the voters to decide on November 6, 2012. After all the spin, slick tricks, smoke & mirrors, I'm confident that the MV voters will do the right thing. This is a critical election about the hearth, soul and the future of our City. Candidates are running for the City Council and NOT for Mayor. The City of MV is based on the Council/Manager form of local government. That is, the elected members of the City Council appoint the City Manager to serve as the chief executive officer of the municipality. In addition to the City Manager the Council also appoints the City Attorney. The Mayor is elected for a 1 year term by the 5 elected Council members. There are 2 open seats available on the City Council for the November 6, 2012 election. There are 6 candidates: Cathy Schlicht, Wendy Bucknum, Desi J. Kiss, Ed Sachs, Frank Ury and Richard Coleman. Please vote for Desi J. Kiss, MS,PE on November 6, 2012. To learn more about my candidacy please visit : http://djk4mv.wordpress.com and/or http://www.smartvoter.org/2012/11/06/ca/or/vote/kiss_d/ Thank you all for your support and vote! Thank you Patch for keeping the residents an the voters informed!
Desi Kiss October 28, 2012 at 09:53 PM
While there are others this is one of the reasons why to vote for Desi J. Kiss: please visit http://missionviejo.patch.com/blog_posts/one-of-the-reasons-mission-viejo-voters-should-elect-desi-jkiss-ms-pe-to-the-city-council-on-november-6-2012 to learn more.
Desi Kiss November 01, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Readers can also visit: http://www.smartvoter.org/2012/11/06/ca/or/vote/kiss_d/ to learn more about my political philosophy and position papers and what I bring to the City. Thank you for your support. Please vote : Desi Kiss on November 6, 2012! Thank you.

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