City Council Members

Mayor Andrew Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton
Elected 2014
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Andrew Hamilton was elected in November, 2014. Andrew, his wife Jill and daughters Brooke and Ashley moved to Lake Forest when Ashley was knee-high to a grasshopper. Andrew and his family enjoy living in Lake Forest because it is family-oriented, close to their church (Saddleback Church), and full of fantastic and friendly people - YOU! 

Andrew believes in balanced budgets, low taxes, creating jobs, being a taxpayer watchdog and reducing traffic in our great city. Andrew loves our new Sports Park where his daughters both played soccer and where he is an AYSO referee. If you haven’t been there yet, you should check it out.

As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), he wants to work together toward making Lake Forest a better place to live and work, and providing a stronger future for our children.

Mayor Pro Tem Scott Voigts

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Elected 2010
Re-Elected 2014
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Scott has been a resident of Lake Forest since 1979. He and his wife, Stephanie, attended school in the Saddleback Valley and both stayed in the community they grew up because they believed it was the perfect place to raise a family. Scott and Stephanie have been happily married for 22 years and have an 8-year-old daughter who is their pride and joy.

In 1991, Scott was involved in a catastrophic construction accident that nearly cost him his life and left him paraplegic. A carpenter by trade, Scott fell from a bridge overpass that he was working on as the scaffolding gave way.

He is active in his church, O.C. Chambers of Commerce, and the O.C. Central Committee. Scott enjoys volunteering at his daughter’s school and enthusiastically coaches AYSO Region 85 soccer and involved in Club soccer. In addition to serving as a member of the Lake Forest City Council, Scott is a Senior Advisor to California State Assemblyman Donald P. Wagner.

Scott’s Personal Statement: “My family and faith in God are what helped me get through my 1991 accident, the most difficult time in my life. My faith is a driving force behind my passion to serve my community. My motto is: ‘Let us strive to make a difference.’ I am committed to limited government, fiscal responsibility, local business growth and an adherence to the Constitution.”

Council Member Dr. Jim Gardner

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Elected 2014
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He brings a wealth of experience to Lake Forest. He has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and worked as a Therapist as well as a Professor. He owned and managed his own software development company, Internet marketing company, and served as a Management Consultant to Fortune 500 companies. He lived and worked in Australia, Africa, and Brazil, and in the U.S. he lived and worked in New York, Maine, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. He has been in California since 1980.

Dr. Gardner’s priorities for Lake Forest are: 
• Improve public safety
• Reduce traffic congestion
• Manage growth
• Involve more people in government
• Improve efficiency and effectiveness of city decision making
• Improve business friendly ethos
• “Put Lake Forest First” with regard to city spending
• Enhance volunteer opportunities at all levels

Dr. Gardner is the author of 6 books and more than 100 articles in major professional Psychology journals. He is a member of Psi Chi (National Honor Society) and a Fellow of the American Association on Developmental Disabilities and the Australian Psychological Society. Among his many awards and honors he was named a Top 100 innovator in the PC field by MicroTimes and was Outstanding Young Man by the Columbus Jaycees. Dr. Gardner served on the editorial boards of more than a dozen professional journals, including Computers in Human Services, Mental Retardation, Analysis and Intervention, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Clinical Psychologist, and Professional Psychology.

As a management consultant Dr. Gardner worked with Fortune 500 companies such as General Motors, Waste Management, VF Corp, Volvo, Globosat, etc.

Since 2003 Dr. Gardner and his wife have maintained a 3000 acre rainforest along the Atlantic coast about 2 hours south of Salvador Brazil. Here they grow several endangered trees, including the Pau Brazil tree, the only tree whose wood is used to make high quality musical bows. Their efforts have resulted in the largest single collection of Pau Brazil trees in the world - a precious resource for future generations.

Dr. Gardner continues as a supporting member of Breast Cancer Solutions, a California based group that provides financial assistance to people who are unable to pay their rent as a result of the onset of cancer and the problems associated with cancer treatment. Through his grant writing and fund raising efforts he has helped generate more than $1,000,000 that was used to improve the quality of life of hundreds of families.

In 2005 Dr. Gardner went to rescue animals in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Not content to go once, he went 3 separate times, and his work was described in the book Rescued by Linda and Allen Anderson and on the Muttshack website.

From 2008 to 2014 Dr. Gardner and his wife helped raise and distribute more than 250 tons of pet food to help people in financial stress maintain their pets in their homes.

In 2010 Dr. Gardner organized a county-wide program "Senior for Seniors" in which senior citizens who adopted senior pets received discounts on services and products. Dr. Gardner received an award from the Orange County Board of Supervisors for his leadership efforts, and the program was subsequently adopted by the County.

Since 2012 Dr. Gardner has written more than 2,000 articles on life in Lake Forest. His work has appeared in the OC Register, Voice of OC, OC Politics, and The Patch.

In addition, Dr. Gardner is Past President of the Lake Forest Beach & Tennis Club, a Graduate of the Lake Forest Leadership Academy and the Lake Forest Emergency Preparedness Academy, a member of Lake Forest Parade Committee and Kiwanis of Lake Forest.

Council Member Adam Nick

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Elected 2012
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Due to political unrest in the late 1970′s, at 16 I left my country of birth and started my journey to freedom. I crossed two neighboring countries mostly on foot, walking over 400 miles, and I have never looked back.

In time, I managed to make my way onto a plane that was headed to Frankfurt, Germany; however, because I did not have a visa, I was not allowed to leave the terminal.

After being stuck at the terminal for some time, I managed to board a plane headed to Rome, Italy. Within hours, I was inside the American Embassy.

There I met a U.S. official who became a friend for life. Because she could not promise that I would be cleared for political asylum status from the United States, she encouraged me to seek asylum in other countries as well.

By the time my asylum from the American government was granted, several months after my initial interview at the American Embassy, I had actually been cleared for asylum in eight other countries. I chose America.

You see, I am truly an American by choice. That choice those many years ago made everything else in life possible for me.

Here in America, I secured a job and worked my way through college. I finished college, acquiring a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Business Management and Accounting, pursued graduate studies in Auditing, Finance, and Business Law, and successfully passed the Board of Accountancy CPA exam in my first attempt receiving an overall score of 90 percentile.

Early on, I also joined a start-up business with a handful of employees with a modest warehouse in Torrance, Ca. I developed viable financial models, supported & positioned for growth eight privately-owned companies strategically located throughout the United States, and planned capital needs with the goal of forming one public company by the year 2000.

By the late 1990’s, we employed hundreds of employees across the country and abroad. In 1998, we had our Initial Public Offering (IPO) and our stock began trading on NASDAQ.

Today, I help start-up companies and business owners pursue the American dream as I have myself and as I am living it every day.

I also own and operate small businesses, two of which are right here in Lake Forest, where I have called home for over thirty years now, including seven years in Portola Hills and three years in Foothill Ranch. I also own commercial and residential real estate properties, some of which are right here in Lake Forest. 

I love this country and know better than most why people risk everything to come here. This is the greatest and freest country in the world, and Americans make up a nation of people who are most decent, loving, caring, and giving of all. This is the one place on earth where one is limited only to one’s own imagination and fortitude.

Being your Councilman is the greatest honor of my life. I pledge to you that I will work hard every day to make sure that Lake Forest is living up to its greatest potential for all of us, a vibrant and prosperous community where its citizens are truly proud to live, work, and raise their families.

I pledge to you that I have both the forethought and courage to make policies that challenge status quo, protect our quality of life, spur economic growth, and strengthen our community, and I promise you that I will not be in anyone’s pocket, real estate developers and the like.

An accountant and auditor by trade, I will be a stalwart budget hawk for taxpayers on spending and will work to establish a leaner, transparent, responsible, and responsive government.

As government expands, freedom contracts, and so I am all for a smaller government but not too small as governments do serve a legitimate purpose aimed at protecting us, our way of life, and our future. There is no denying that.

As tax rates and types increase, the government’s tax revenues decrease, so I am for lower taxes knowing you and I know much better than the government how to spend our money.

Accordingly, any expansion or rate increase must be outweighed against the supposed benefits and nothing will be more important than your input for that nothing is more vital to a democracy and protecting way of life than a well-informed and involved electorate. I shall endeavor to keep you apprised at all times.

For more, please visit http://adamnick.org, write to adamnick@adamnick.org, or call me at (949) 812-0920.

Godspeed.

Council Member Dwight Robinson

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Elected 2012
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Dwight Robinson is a native Californian and the oldest of seven children. He and his wife, Holly, were married in 1999 and immediately decided to make Lake Forest their home. They believed Lake Forest would be a perfect place to live and raise a family. Dwight and Holly are the proud parents of three children (Corinne, Luke, and baby Micah who was born Thanksgiving Day 2011).

Dwight has been very active in the Lake Forest community over the last decade. He is a Charter Member of the Lake Forest Chamber of Commerce, a Sunday School teacher and a Little League coach. Previously, Dwight was a board member at Grace Christian Schools, an elder in his church, and board member of the Kiwanis Club of Lake Forest. Dwight owns and operates a few businesses in California and also serves as the Managing Partner of a small business located in Lake Forest.