The news that Bill Hunt has at last been able to undo what disgraced former Sheriff Mike Carona did to him means we may well see him run again for Orange County Sheriff in 2014. The current Sheriff, Sandra Hutchens, is currently battling breast cancer but presumably she will prevail and run for re-election.
The x-factor in this race will be Santa Ana City Manager Paul Walters who is now contending with a Santa Ana City Council that is no longer friendly to him and doesn’t appreciate what he has done for their city. He may well tire of dealing with them and run for Sheriff again as well.
A face off between Hunt, Walters and Hutchens would likely favor the incumbent as Hunt and Walters would split the male vote. So perhaps Walters will stay out and back Hunt instead.
Hutchens could be in for a real battle as she has not resolved many of the issues that have plagued her department since the Carona days.
Hunt though could find himself having to answer for his friendship with racist Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and OC hater Barbara Coe.