Fullerton residents are in shock today as they deal with the fact that Assemblyman Chris Norby now needs a job, having lost to Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk-Silva. She ran an aggressive campaign and made heavy use of social media. Norby, on the other hand, seemed to be trying to coast to victory.
While Quirk-Silva’s victory is a great one for Orange County’s Latino voters, I am saddened to see that the 69th Assembly District is now represented by Tom Daly. There is no way he will win re-election in two years, but for now we are stuck with him.
Here is a rundown of how the County’s other Latino candidates fared in the Nov. 6 general election:
- Daly beat a Latino, Jose Moreno, whose campaign was undermined when labor forces went after him as a Hatch Act violator. That obscure Federal law prevents some municipal workers from running for legislative seats.
- Christina Avalos lost in the 68th AD, to Don Wagner.
- In Santa Ana, U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez easily beat her carpetbagging GOP opponent, Jerry Hayden, in the 46th Congressional District.
- OC GOP Central Committee member Thomas Gordon was soundly defeated in the Rancho Santiago Community College District’s Board of Trustees election, in Area 3, by Nelida Yanez, a Democrat. She will join Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez, the winner in Area 5, and Assemblyman Jose Solorio, the winner in Area 1, on a Board of Trustees now dominated by Latinos.
- Republican Ceci Iglesias fared better than Gordon as she won a seat on the SAUSD School Board. Incumbent Jose Alfredo Hernandez was also re-elected.
- But Iglesias’ fellow Republican, Thomas “Hoagy” Holguin fell short in his attempt to get back onto the AUHSD School Board. He was the only Latino candidate in that race. Another Latino Republican, James Derek Vanderbilt, fared better in Anaheim, winning in the Anaheim City School District’s Board of Trustees election, but Art Montez, a liberal Democrat, lost in his attempt to get back onto the Centralia School District’s Board of Education.
- Another Republican Hispanic who lost was gay-basher Alexandria Coronado, who failed to gain a seat on the Cypress School District’s Board of Education.
- Andy Montoya, a Democrat, did pick up a seat on the Fullerton Joint Union High School District.
- Meanwhile, over in Anaheim, newly minted Latino Steve Chavez Lodge lost in the City Council election as did John Leos, who I am told is part-Latino. They were defeated by white candidates. Both Lodge and Leos are Republicans.
- Another Republican Latino, Tea Party activist Steve Vargas, lost badly in the Brea City Council race.
- In Dana Point, a Latino named Carlos Olvera won a Council seat.
- In Santa Ana longtime Mayor Miguel Pulido prevailed easily. Latinos were also elected in the City Council’s Wards 1, 3 and 5, including Vince Sarmiento, Roman Reyna and newcomer Angelica Amezcua.
- A Latino challenger, James Torres Ybarra, lost badly in Garden Grove as Bruce Broadwater became the Mayor again.
- Mike Alvarez picked up a Council seat in Orange. I believe he is a Republican.
- Glenn Acosta came in last in the RSM Council election.
- Sergio Contreras was the top vote getter in Westminster’s Council election.
- Gene Hernandez picked up a Council seat in the Yorba Linda election.
- Frank Alonzo lost in the OC Water District’s Board election, in Division 3