Hermosa Beach candidates for May 11 special election

Five candidates ran to fill a Hermosa Beach City Council seat on May 11 including Randy Balik, Dean Francois, Raymond Jackson, Daniel Rittenhouse and Tara McNamara Stabile. Jackson took the early lead with 36% of the vote. (photos courtesy of candidates)

Ballots for Hermosa Beach’s special, all mail-in City Council election will go out Monday, April 12 — the same day a candidates debate is scheduled.

Five people are vying to replace former Councilman Hany Fangary, who vacated his seat when he moved his family to Manhattan Beach. The election is May 11, but it will be conducted entirely by mail — meaning voters won’t head to the polls on that date.

Instead, ballots postmarked by Election Day have until the following Friday, May 14. The deadline to return ballots in person to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office, in Norwalk, is 8 p.m. on Election Day.

The five candidates voters will choose among are:

  • Contractor and business owner Randy Balik;
  • Retired budget director Dean Francois;
  • Retired U.S. Army Col. Raymond Jackson;
  • Daniel Rittenhouse, a renewable energy executive; and
  • Film journalist Tara McNamara Stabile.

Sample ballot booklets will go out on April 20.

If you want to cast a ballot in the May 11 election, the deadline to register or transfer voter registration is April 26.

The registrar will likely begin releasing early returns after 8 p.m. May 11. The registrar is tentatively scheduled to certify the results on May 24.

The next debate, meanwhile, will begin at 6 p.m. Monday. It will hosted by the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Hermosa Beach Association.

The event will broadcast live on Spectrum Channel 8 and Frontier Channel 31 in Hermosa Beach and can be streamed at hbchamber.net/forum, the city’s YouTube channel or hermosabeach.gov.

Contact this reporter at mhixon@tbrnews.com or on Twitter @michaeljhixon.com.

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