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New names emerge in local council races

REGION — With less than a day before the filing deadline for the Nov. 8 election, new names have emerged in both the Encinitas and San Marcos races.

Leucadia residents Kevin Doyle and Christine Wagner have both obtained nomination papers from the City Clerk’s office, though neither has filed the paperwork to be certified on the ballot, City Clerk Kathy Hollywood said.

Doyle is a board member of the Leucadia 101 Main Street Association. According to his bio on the organization’s website, he and his wife, who moved to Encinitas from Sweden in 2003, own deepFLING Scandinavian Jewelry in the Lumberyard.

Trained as an industrial designer, Doyle has worked as a truck driver, an Oriental rug salesman, a furniture designer, a screen printer and a computer programmer and is also active in the board’s Internet and graphics development.

Christine Wagner has been an active proponent of the city’s proposed polystyrene food service product ban, which was tabled last October. According to Internet records, she filed a public records request with the city in May for correspondence between the city and businesses regarding the use of polystyrene food ware.

She has also spoken at several council meetings in favor of the ban.

Doyle and Wagner push the number of people to pull papers for the council election to seven: incumbents Tony Kranz and Mark Muir and potential challengers Tasha Boerner Horvath, Peter Tobias and Phil Graham are the others.

Boerner Horvath, a planning commissioner, is the only person to have been certified for the council election, Hollywood said.

No other candidates have emerged for the city’s mayoral election, as current councilwoman Catherine Blakespear and three husbands of current and former elected officials — Paul Gaspar, Don Barth and Steve Bartram — have all pulled paper but have not been certified.

The deadline for filing nomination paperwork is Friday, but it will likely be extended for five days for both races as current Mayor Kristin Gaspar is not seeking re-election because she is running for county supervisor and Councilwoman Lisa Shaffer has said she will not seek re-election.

In San Marcos, financial advisor Dimitris Magemeneas is the third political newcomer to obtain nomination papers for the two-seat council race. He joins Reuben “RJ” Hernandez Jr. and Matthew Stack as potential challengers to incumbents Sharon Jenkins and Rebecca Jones.

Jenkins, Jones and Stack have returned their nomination papers and are certified for the ballot, according to the San Marcos City Clerk’s office. The deadline for San Marcos’ race is Friday, as both incumbents are seeking re-election.