Four candidates test campaign waters



Two incumbents and two newcomers are vying for three seats on the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District board of directors.

Mary Altmann, a business owner and environmentalist who lives in Malibou Lake is challenging Lee Renger for Division 3, which represents Calabasas and nearby unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, including Stokes Canyon where Renger has lived for 38 years.

Renger was appointed to the board after director Vernon Padgett abruptly resigned in October 2005. His term expires in January.

Incumbent Glen Peterson is running unopposed in Division 2, which includes the city of Agoura Hills. He has served on the district board since 1987.

Jeff Smith, who owns a small business and resides in Agoura Hills, is running unopposed for Division 5, a small section of Agoura Hills that meets the border of Westlake Village in Ventura County.

Jim Friedl, an Agoura Hills resident and the Conejo Recreation and Park District’s new general manager, was appointed to the position in December 2005 after longtime director Ann Dorgelo died.

Friedl, 39, said that his new responsibilities at the park district will not allow him enough time to serve as a director.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for that board and staff,” Friedl said.

The election is on Tues., Nov. 7.

-Stephanie Bertholdo

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