Via Facebook earlier this evening, Laguna Niguel Mayor Robert Ming announced his candidacy for Fifth District County Supervisor. Supervisor Pat Bates is termed out in 2014. Bates won the seat in 2006 in a very expensive and brutal contest with Cassie DeYoung.
Ming’s strategery is simple — per his statement here, previously declared SD5 candidate Mimi Walters (terming out as State Senator) announced yesterday that she’ll be after the 45th Congressional seat being vacated by the thankfully retiring John Campbell. Ming is also termed off the Laguna Niguel City Council.
Ming is an attorney and per his City bio, Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Jefferies & Company, Inc., an international brokerage and investment banking firm.
Ming has been closely associated with the Association of California Cities – Orange County. ACC-OC is a collection of local governments, not unlike the League of Cities, which pay five-figure membership fees to be represented by this lobbying group that is unelected by County voters and has no legal standing to negotiate or speak for the electorate. We’ve covered the ACC-OC and their adventures on “our behalf” extensively on OC Politics Blog: http://ocpoliticsblog.com/tag/acc-oc/.
Ming will certainly be joined by others going after this seat. We recall the Bates/DeYoung race cost well into seven-figures for each candidate and wonder if Ming’s really prepared for that, especially with his limited political experience in small town government.