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Three candidates vie for two seats in Association election

The Rancho Santa Fe Association offices.
(Karen Billing)

There are now three candidates for two Rancho Santa Fe Association board seats with Sharon Ruhnau going up against incumbents Mike Gallagher and Fred Wasserman.

The RSF Association’s Annual Meeting and candidate forum will be held on Thursday, May 10 at 5 p.m. the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. Ballots will be mailed that day and will be due back by June 11. The ballots will be counted at the Association board’s meeting on June 12.

Gallagher was appointed to the board to fill Mike Licosati’s seat in October. Gallagher has been a Rancho Santa Fe resident since 2005 and has a 36-year background in the consumer packaged goods industry, including serving as the CEO of Playtex Products.

Ruhnau is an environmental litigation attorney who has lived in the Covenant for 21 years. She is currently a member of the Association’s governance and trails and recreation committees and was previously on the Osuna committee. She is a member of the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club and the RSF Garden Club and is a past director of the Rancho Riding Club.


Wasserman has been on the board for the last three years and has been its president since 2016. Prior to joining the RSF Association board he was a co-president of the RSF Garden Club and served on the Association finance committee.

The last day for candidates to withdraw their names from the ballot is April 20.