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Planning Commissioner to Run for Council

Chastising the city leaders for becoming overly politicized, Terry Anderson announced plans to run in the November election for a seat on the Lake Forest City Council.

Six years on the city's Planning Commission have only whetted Terry Anderson's appetite for public service.

Decrying political acrimony among city leaders, Anderson announced his intent to run for one of two seats opening up on the Lake Forest City Council in November.

Anderson, a financial advisor who runs a money management firm in Laguna Hills, addressed his supporters during a small, private gathering at his Lake Forest home this weekend. The "lack of collegiality" on the current council is among the factors pushing him to run, Anderson said.

His years on the generally amiable Planning Commission have cemented his belief in the importance of "meeting in the middle" when it comes to city business.

"The Planning Commission has done that well," he said. "Many times we have differing perspectives ... but we find common ground."

Another trend Anderson wants to minimize is allowing political affiliations to govern policy decisions on the council.

"I want to make sure that Lake Forest continues along the same beautiful path is has been [following] for years," he said. "I don't want to see it diverted for personal or political gain."

Political strife has been an increasing part of the city's leadership in the past two years, he said.

"One of my concerns is that the City Council is drawing political lines," he said. "I believe local government should be apolitical."

Anderson has lived in Lake Forest with his wife, Kristie, for 30 years. They have two grown daughters.

In addition to serving on the commission, Anderson has been a Kiwanis member for 20 years, a charter member of the Lake Forest Chamber of Commerce, founder and coach of the El Toro High School girls lacrosse program and an AYSO board member.

The November race is heating up early, with three other candidates already on the campaign trail.

Earlier in the month,  announced her plans to run for a seat. She and Anderson join two other residents— and —who began planning their respective council bids in 2011.

The terms of longtime council member Marcia Rudolph and relative newcomer Mark Tettemer both expire this fall. Neither has indicated that they plan to sit out the race.

Summer Hemphill March 20, 2012 at 07:33 AM
What is the position of these candidates on the cannabis dispensary issue ? After obstructing state law,violating their oaths of office & squandering hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars it would appear the cities ill-advised vendetta is on the verge of failure ! If the actions of the present City Council were deemed to be illegal by the courts would any of these candidates support suing them personally to recover the monies lost due to their misconduct ? I'm sure that between them & the cities bonding provider the city should be able to recoup it's losses ! After all they put their personal bias & prejudice ahead of the law & the needs of many of their constituents. Cannabis dispensaries,coming back soon to a storefront near you !!
Summer Hemphill March 20, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Are we to assume you won't take a position on cannabis dispensaries until the state Supreme court issues it's ruling ? That's unsatisfactory as the court's decision may not come until after the election ! The voters have a right to know exactly where each candidate stands when it comes to obstructing state law & wasting taxpayer money on this unconscionable ban !!!
roadkill1954 March 25, 2012 at 05:06 PM
With all due respect, I'm having a little trouble following that logic. I'm not even sure what the argument is. I don't see anything in the article about cannibis. Maybe this comment was left for the wrong article. It certainly doesn't help me make up my mind on Terry Anderson's candidacy for city council.

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