State Assemblyman Allan Mansoor and State BOE Member Michelle Steel will surely take giant whacks at each other in this year’s race for the 2nd Supervisorial District, but there is also forgotten third candidate. That would be Alan Schlar, a marketing executive in Huntington Beach who does not belong to a political party.
Schlar ran against Congressman Dana Rohrabacher in 2012, and got just over 5,500 votes, according to Smart Voter. The Democrat in that election, Ron Varasteh, got over 31,000 votes. Rohrabacher doubled down with over 73,000 votes.
Schlar’s beliefs are a mixed bag. You can find his platform on his congressional campaign website (as he does not appear to have a supervisorial campaign page up yet). He wants to repeal ObamaCare but he is for a national sales tax that would fund a single-payer health insurance system. He is for building the Keystone Pipeline and also supports using natural gas reserves in the U.S. to replace oil. There is no mention of how he feels about fracking. Nor do we know what he stands for relative to County issues.
While I doubt many folks will take Schlar seriously the real question is will he take enough votes away from Mansoor to help Steel win the race? It figures to be a close election and Steel stands to do well as the only female candidate.
I personally won’t be endorsing Steel because she backed the Agranistas in Irvine. That’s right she backed Democrat Sukhee Kang for Mayor of Irvine in 2010.
I have never been a big fan of Mansoor because of his antipathy towards Latinos but I rather err with him than ever support an Agranista.
As for Schlar, he seems to have a tepid campaign at best. He doesn’t figure to matter much in this race and we can only hope that his presence on the ballot doesn’t lead to a Steel victory.