In Seal Beach’s runoff elections, Lisa Landau and Nathan Steele pull ahead
Candidates Lisa Landau and Nathan Steele took leads in Seal Beach’s City Council runoff elections in initial results released by the Orange County Registrar of Voters Tuesday evening.
“It’s been a long race and I’m flattered that the voters are speaking,” Steele said. “I know the votes are unofficial and could change, but I’m humbled and honored.”
Landau could not immediately be reached for comment.
The deadline to drop off ballots was 8 p.m., mailed ballots needed to be postmarked Jan. 31 and received by Feb. 3.
Three Seal Beach City Council seats were up for election in November. But none of the candidates running for seats representing districts 3 and 5, where the incumbents termed out, were able to capture a majority — at least 50% plus one — forcing the two top vote getters into a runoff as required by the city’s charter.
In District 1, incumbent Councilmember Joe Kalmick defeated his two opponents to go automatically on to another term.
In District 3, which encompasses the Hill, Coves, Bridgeport and Heron Pointe neighborhoods, community volunteer and accounting manager Landau faced off against Stephanie Wade, a veterans policy advisor and environmental activist who had a narrow lead over Landau in November’s ballot count. That was in a field of three.
Landau has said she would support increased policing and tightening the city’s budget. She also said she would want to see entry-level housing expanded in the city.
If elected, Wade would be the first out transgender person to be elected to any office in Orange County.
In District 5, it was a race between Steele, an advertising agency owner, and Seal Beach planning commissioner Mariann Klinger to represent about half of Leisure World, a senior community where a third of the city’s population resides. Klinger and Steele emerged from a field of four in November, with Steele in the lead.
Steele has said he would do all that he could to keep “big city problems,” such as rising crime, out-of-control inflation, homelessness and skyrocketing taxes, out of Seal Beach.