In this year’s Rancho Santa Fe Association board election, two candidates will run for two available seats. While there are only two candidates for two seats, the Association must still go through the election process — 75 total votes are needed for election validation. Candidates Mike Licosati and Fred Wasserman seek to fill spots vacated by Craig McAllister and Rochelle Putnam, who will leave this summer when their three-year terms expire.
The Association’s Annual Meeting will be held at 5 p.m. May 14 at the RSF Garden Club, and will include remarks from the candidates at 5:45 p.m. Election ballots will be mailed May 14 and must be returned by 5 p.m. June 15.
The ballots will be counted June 16, overseen by election inspector Bruce Bishop.
At its April 2 meeting, the board considered a suggestion from RSF Association member Bill Strong, who proposed the RSF Association include a format in the election process that allows voters to hear more from the candidates.
“For the last 25 years, candidates have been limited to three to five minutes of comments at the Annual Meeting and the other two hours have been filled with nice but meaningless performances and awards,” Strong wrote. “Instead, the Annual Meeting should allow more extensive ‘closing arguments’ by all candidates and cut the ‘fluff’ to about 15 minutes.”
The board said it would be open to having the candidates be the focal point of the annual meeting. After the candidates’ initial presentations, RSF Association Manager Bill Overton will engage them in a brief question and answer session. Board members will come up with potential questions, and Overton said questions from members are also welcome.