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7 to seek office in Solana Beach, Del Mar

Incumbents Haydu, Campbell not running

REGION — The Del Mar and Solana Beach city councils will each have at least one new face by the end of this year as the current mayors of both cities said they will not seek re-election in November.

In Del Mar, Lee Haydu said she is not running for a second term solely for personal reasons. Elected in 2010, Haydu lost her husband and mother within the past 18 months.

“My time on council has been a very enjoyable experience and definitely one of personal growth,” Haydu said.

Lee Haydu won't run for re-election this November. Courtesy photo
Lee Haydu won’t run for re-election this November. Courtesy photo

She and her colleagues have completed or started a number of projects she is proud of, including replacing the beach safety center and 21 Street pump station, retrofitting the North Torrey Pines Bridge, adding sidewalks in the beach area, with plans to expand the project citywide, and obtaining a state-certified housing element.

“I’m very proud of the great working relationship we now have with the (Del Mar) Fairgrounds and Solana Beach,” she added.

On a personal level, Haydu started holding “office hours” at City Hall to give residents and business owners another opportunity to discuss issues and concerns.

“I hope my colleagues will continue that,” she said.

Serving Solana Beach as a council member since 1994, Tom Campbell said he would not seek a sixth term following his re-election in 2010.

During his tenure, Campbell served five times as mayor, a position that is appointed rather than elected in Solana Beach and Del Mar.

Tom Campbell isn't running for re-election. Courtesy photo
Tom Campbell isn’t running for re-election. Courtesy photo

Elected to the Solana Beach City Council in 2006, Mike Nichols is seeking a third term. He served as mayor in 2009 and 2013.


“Solana Beach has several major projects coming forward,” he said. “I have the practical experience and qualifications to ensure that our city retains a balance between fiscal need and community preservation.

“My priorities and values are grounded in safeguarding and improving the quality of life in our community,” added Nichols, a licensed landscape architect and business owner. “I will continue to support policies and projects that protect neighborhoods, enhance the business districts and are fiscally sound.”

Patrick Germon, Ginger Marshall and Shannon Lerach are also planning a run for the Solana Beach council.

Germon, an agent with Pacific Real Estate Group, has lived in Solana Beach since 2011. Lerach is a licensed clinical psychologist.

Marshall, a Solana Beach resident since 2004, is a Realtor with Allison James Estates & Homes. She is also a golfer who has been active in the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club Women’s Golf Association.

Marshall said she is seeking public office “to affect change in local government.”

In Del Mar, Terry Sinnott is seeking a second term. A retired Navy officer, Sinnott has lived in Del Mar since 1976.

Also seeking office in the county’s smallest city are Kevin Burke and Dwight Worden.

Burke is a Realtor with Burke Real Estate Consultants. Worden is a former Del Mar city attorney who has lived in the community since 1981.

The deadline to file nomination papers was Aug. 8, but that was extended by five days because incumbents in both cities did not file.

All potential candidates took out nomination papers but none had filed them at press time.

Those seeking office in Solana Beach all confirmed they would be completing the process.

In Del Mar, none of the potential candidates responded to a request to confirm they would be filing the necessary papers, however, Worden has created an election website.

In-depth profiles of all qualified candidates will be featured in The Coast News in late October.


1 comment

Brian Brady August 8, 2014 at 11:06 am

Patrick Germon has been my neighbor, in Solana Beach, since 2004.

I’m pretty certain that Lerach is the only candidate who has lived here less than three years. A property records search, on the County Assessors website, could confirm this

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