Politics & Elections

Semeta, Brenden skip council race

LYN SEMETA being sworn in as mayor of Huntington Beach in December 2019 (OC Tribune photo).

Expectations for the Huntington Beach city council elections took an unexpected turn Thursday when two incumbents announced they would not be running for re-election.

Lyn Semeta, the current mayor, and Patrick Brenden, serving his first term on the council, each went public with plans to sit out the 2020 campaign.

“I have decided not to seek re-election to the Huntington Beach City Council,” Semeta said in a Facebook post on Thursday afternoon. “I am immensely proud of the seven years I have served the city I love.” She added “I am grateful to have played a role in significant efforts that have maintained and improved the quality of life in Huntington Beach.”

Here’s the list of candidates who have filed papers for the Nov. 3 ballot, as of Thursday evening.

The deadline for filing is today (Friday) at 5 p.m. Three seats will be contested in November, along with the offices of city clerk and city treasurer. Incumbents are marked with an asterisk.

City Council (three seats).

John Briscoe, Brian Burley, Sonya Green, Amory Hanson, Dan Kalmick, Thomas LaParne, Casey McKeon, Jeff Morin, Natalie Moser, Tito Ortiz, Oscar Rodriguez, Eric Silkenson, Gracey Van Der Mark.

City Clerk

Robin Estanislau*

City Treasurer

Alisa Backstrom*.



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