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Eight candidates running for two Mission Viejo City Council seats this November

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Eight people are vying for two City Council seats in the November 3 General Municipal Election – after the official filing period ended on August 7.

Listed in alphabetical order, the candidates are Jessica Gilbert, VP IT Department; Brian Goodell, Mission Viejo Mayor/Businessowner; Pauline Hale, Real Estate Advisor; Patricia "Trish" Kelley, Mission Viejo Councilmember/Businesswoman; Michael McConnell, Business Attorney; Cathy Schlicht, Businesswoman; Steve Sipe, Retired Technology Executive; and Ryan Tworek, Business Owner.

To find out more about the candidates, see their statements at this link.


Submitted by Jc on Tue, 08/11/2020 - 8:34 pm


I wish they would show party affiliation. We don’t need those who want to defund the police and turn our great city into the next Portland. We want those who will help keep our city safe from criminals, support local businesses and not increase our population by building more stupid housing. We need more places for our kids that aren’t being overrun by club sports, where anyone can enjoy without the hassle of homeless people. Stick to the roots of Mission Viejo.

Submitted by Doug on Wed, 08/12/2020 - 7:25 am


We need to install fresh young new people in MV cc as the same partisan team keeps recycling. We will change that.

Submitted by Marie on Wed, 08/12/2020 - 8:11 am


Who approved Amazon? What a mess! More traffic, roads not built to handle constant big rig traffic, noise all hours, everyone who uses Alicia at the 5, expect more commute time, oh and the overflow is going to effect La Paz and El Torro too. All of North Mission Viejo! Can't wait to hear from candidates on this!

Submitted by Kristi on Wed, 08/12/2020 - 8:21 am


Mission Viejo...... is beyond a beautiful City, full of updated and preserved landscapes throughout. Our, well kept up Lake, clean streets, and crime rates are very low! One of the safest City’s to live. Mission Viejo is a City that welcomes all, captivating a warming welcome and a family & friendly neighborhoods within. Our school’s are well protected and safe. School’s are always updated on current curriculum and students have thrived with so much support. We have available amounts of supportive community help, and support for most all needs for families. This City has thrived as such achievements due to the hands of incredible work of City’s Council. Everyone has incredible ideas, working to serve this City. Good Luck! to all runners!!!

Submitted by John Carson on Wed, 08/12/2020 - 10:43 am


Not endorsing any candidate here. Be a smart, informed, and knowledgeable voter. See what everyone has to offer to the running and decision making of Mission Viejo business. Ask questions and do your due diligence. Don't "drain the swamp" only because the candidate is an incumbent. You can see what they have done. Disagree? Pick someone that you feel can do better. Don't remove someone only because they have been elected in the past. Be informed, smart, and wise in your choice.

Submitted by Seta on Wed, 08/12/2020 - 11:41 am


Active participation of all is key to the successful endorsements of new candidates. We need forward-thinking dynamic people who will go above and beyond keeping our fantastic city of Mission Viejo in good shape. Please DO NOT defund our police force!! Please keep the faith for a brighter future.

Submitted by Bill Chase on Wed, 08/12/2020 - 3:19 pm


When you listed the candidates with some bios you should have included prior service on the council!

Submitted by KM on Sat, 08/15/2020 - 12:23 pm


We Need to Reelect Civil Servants, Who want to Keep our Beautiful City in the American Tradition, not People who want to Fundamentally Change the Way Things are Done, like Defunding our Police. That's Why We Live Here.

Submitted by Miranda Chavez on Thu, 10/08/2020 - 5:04 pm


We need people that are going to make CHANGE in the community. Yes, I said CHANGE. We need someone that is going to stand up for racial inequality in this city and most importantly talk about it! I’ve know many people who have been harassed by the sheriffs and sadly residents here due to ethnic background and nothing has been done. In no way is this city perfect, but when people come together it can be better. This city has grown to be very diverse from what it used to be. People need to embrace that and elect people that will embrace it too.

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