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Founding Councilwoman Ousted By GOP-Backed Candidates

A five-term incumbent is unseated by two challengers who campaigned as pro-business Republicans for seats on the Lake Forest City Council.

While the president will keep his job, one of Lake Forest’s founding City Council members will lose hers.

Voters on Tuesday ousted incumbent Marcia Rudolph after 21 years on the council in favor of Adam Nick and Dwight Robinson, two newcomers who campaigned together as critics of the current council. (Incumbent Councilman Mark Tettemer chose not to run for a third term.)

A margin of 1,852 votes separated Robinson, the second highest vote-getter, from third place finisher Terry Anderson.

Here is the vote tally from Lake Forest's 55 precincts, according to numbers released by the Orange County Registrar of Voters shortly before 1 a.m.:

-Adam Nick: 8,087 (21.7 percent)

-Dwight Robinson: 7,500 (20.1 percent)

-Terry Anderson: 5,648 (15.2 percent)

-Jim Gardner: 4,685 (12.6 percent)

-Councilwoman Marcia Rudolph: 4,464 (12 percent)

-Kathy Zechmeister: 4,321 (11.6 percent)

-Ken Carrell: 2,549 (6.8 percent)

Nick and Robinson were both endorsed by the Orange County Republican Party, which  in support of the pair and in opposition of Rudolph and Anderson.

"I think the community was effectively blinded by the Orange County Republican Party," Anderson said after the county Registrar released the final tally. "Big politics wins."

Gardner, who has run for council twice before, called the results a "victory for the Tea Party."

Victors Nick and Robinson could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Robinson ran once previously for a council seat, in 2002. He landed fifth of seven candidates, garnering 6,035 votes. Nick has not previously run for office in Lake Forest.

Gardner has said previously he will not run for council again. During his second run, in 2010, he missed the third available seat by 540 votes. Voigts, now Lake Forest's mayor pro tem, was the race's top vote-getter that year with 11,332 votes.

In September, Voigts endorsed Robinson. Robinson and Nick have held at least one joint fundraiser; Nick donated $1,000 to Robinson's campaign in April.

During the last presidential election, Lake Forest voters returned incumbents Rudolph and Tettemer to their council seats with roughly 15,000 votes a piece.

More Lake Forest voters turned out that year than on Tuesday: 42,590 voters cast ballots in the Lake Forest council race in 2008. On Tuesday, 37,254 residents voted for one of seven council candidates.

Susan November 17, 2012 at 04:39 PM
It is nice to see Lake Forest residents are passionate and care about Lake Forest. Some views are different from each other but better then just sitting back and being apathetic and not caring. Maybe if more residents came to the council meetings or even got involved in our city better things could happen for our city. I just hope we have more input and our council listens to what we want as citizens then our federal government does. I agree with Merijoe, do your own research and get to the truth and what is really going on. Not just in our city, but in our county and definitely in our nation. You can't rely on the liberal media to get the true facts or all the stories of what is going on. Lake Forest is our home and we all should take pride in that. And for those complaining about the signs (I agree too many) why not have candidates put down a deposit prior to the elections and if they don't clean up all their signs and the city has to do it then the city keeps the deposit. I still am seeing signs of Nick & Anderson so if you see signs left call the city and report it. :)
Adam Nick November 18, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Susan: My campaign signs that had been placed by my volunteers were removed before sunrise the very morning following the night of the Elections. Nonetheless, I apologize to you for that you have seen one or more inadvertently left behind. If you would be kind enough to let me know where you have seen them, I will personally remove them within hours of receiving your information as to the location(s). Depending on your preference, you can post a reply here, email me at adamnick1776@gmail.com, or call me on my cell phone at 949-812-0920. Gratefully, Adam Nick
Andromeda November 18, 2012 at 06:48 AM
Mr. Nick, This morning (11-17) I noticed one of your red signs on Rockfield just south of Bake on the east side of the street. Please contact your volunteers and tell them to remove it. Thanks
Greg December 03, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I love all these Monday morning quarterbacks who claim to know so much about the political system. If being a deep-pocketed business owner is the key to getting elected to the city council, how can you explain the make up of the current council that definitely has not skewed in that direction since Lake Forest was founded? Of course money matter in politics, but so does ideology. I have known Dwight Robinson for over ten years, and I can say with confidence that he is a principled conservative, strong husband and father, and a man of faith. He will be a great addition to the council, and all the sour grapes from Herzog supporters, Gardner supporters, etc. will not take away from that.
Lionel M. December 05, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Greg- If you’ve known Dwight Robinson for over 10 years you must know that his company was caught red handed twice this year by the federal government for lying about the weight of his shipments. That doesn’t sound like a “principled” person to me! When I and several others questioned him months ago about this he remained silent. How “principled” is that? And since you know him so well, you must also know that rather than being a “deep pockted business owner” most of Robinson’s money for his election came from other people’s deep pockets, not his own. Robinson follows exactly the pattern of the old city council members like Herzog and Dixon who took money from other people who did business with the city. Adam Nick is the person you want to look at who is a “deep pocked businessman” who used his own money to get elected. Robinson looks just like Herzog and Dixon to me.

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