Rancho Santa Margarita Councilman Steve Baric is taking himself out of the race for State Assembly in the 73rd Assembly District (South Orange County), according to Allen Wilson over at the OC Political blog.
Baric’s exit leaves his colleague, Rancho Santa Margarita Councilman Jesse Petrilla, CUSD Trustee Anna Bryson, and former Harkey employee Bill Brough as the Republican candidates and Wendy Gabriella as the sole Democrat in the race.
Baric’s endorsement would actually have some value now –
and you have to wonder if he will give it to Petrilla or to one of the other candidates. Update: we just recieved an email from Petrilla announcing that Baric is appearing at an event with him:
RSM City Council Member and former candidate for Assembly District 73, Steve Baric, will be joining our event this Thursday evening in Coto de Caza for my campaign for State Assembly. If you have not RSVPed yet, please call 949-939-1928
Details are below.
If you are unable to attend, please consider making a generous contribution to:
Jesse Petrilla for Assembly
P.O. Box 80325
RSM, CA 92688
Bryson and Gabriella will vie for women voters and both have backgrounds in education as Gabriella is a teacher at Irvine Valley College.
The primary is a top two open election. Gabriella should make it to the general election as there are so many Republican candidates splitting up the vote.
Brough’s connection to Harkey is a negative. Petrilla seems to lack experience while Bryson has it in spades. This really will come down to who can raise more money and make a better case to the voters. Bryson and Petrilla have the most name identification, while Brough and Gabriella are lacking in that area.