Full slate ready for Agoura Hills council race

Eight candidates will be running for three open seats on the Agoura Hills City Council. The election will be Tues, Nov. 6.

Three incumbents and five challengers will make up what’s believed to be the largest field ever for a city council election in Agoura Hills.

Meeting the Aug. 10 filing deadline were incumbents Jeff Reinhardt, seeking a second term in office, and Denis Weber and Ed Corridori, both seeking a third term.

Corridori is the current mayor and he captured the most votes in his two previous campaigns.

Weber and Reinhardt placed second and third in the five-candidate city council balloting of 1997.

Each term is four years.

This year’s challengers include Ken Horton, George Thomas, Mel H. Adams, Dan Crisafulli and Bob Wachs.

Horton hoped to be a candidate in 1999, but was disqualified after he failed to obtain the required 20 signatures on his campaign petition. Horton, 54, a financial aid director, ran as a write-in candidate instead.

Crisafulli is a businessman and an outspoken critic of plans to build a Home Depot in the city. Adams is the general manager for Agoura Equipment Rentals, one of several Agoura Road and Roadside Drive businesses also opposed to Home Depot.

Wachs, a 57-year-old business consultant and community activist who lives in Old Agoura, said, "I’m concerned with the overall appearance of our city. I’d like to keep it as rural as much as possible."

Thomas is a 24-year-old public relations associate and former aide to U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Woodland Hills).

Three others pulled filing papers but decided not to run, including James Iwanoff, a local chiropractor; Richard Holmes, a former staffer to state Assemblyman Tony Strickland; and Rami Brosh, a Fountainwood resident.

The three incumbents and five challengers are required to make their first financial disclosure statements to the city on Sept. 27. The Acorn will profile each candidate as the election date approaches.

––John Loesing

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