By: Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer
On Tuesday’s ballot, Orange County voters decided who would fill three seats on the Orange County Board of Supervisors and two seats on the Orange County Board of Education, along with seven Countywide offices and four Superior Court Judges. Additionally, voters cast ballots for various state offices and the U.S. House of Representatives, which will all go to a run-off. In the Third District, Anaheim residents voted on three ballot measures while the Irvine Unified School District had a special election for school board.
“I congratulate the re-elected and newly-elected officials, and I also send best wishes to the candidates facing run-offs,” Supervisor Todd Spitzer said. “I thank those citizens who voted for participating in our electoral process.”
At the County level, two open seats were filled, nine of the eleven incumbents were re-elected, one incumbent was defeated, one incumbent will go to a November run-off, and three seats with retiring incumbents will go to a November run-off.
- Supervisor Shawn Nelson, Fourth District (First elected in 2010)
- Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen (Appointed in 2013)
- District Attorney-Public Administrator Tony Rackauckas (First elected in 1998)
- Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens (Appointed in 2008)
- Superintendent of Schools Al Mijares (Appointed in 2013)
- Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari Freidenrich (First elected in 2010)
- County Board of Education Member David Boyd, Trustee Area 2 (First elected in 2010)
- Judge Derek Johnson (Appointed in 2000)
- Judge Joanne Motoike (Appointed in 2013)
Newly elected officials replacing retiring incumbents were:
- Auditor-Controller-Elect Eric Woolery, replacing Jan Grimes
- Judge-Elect Jeff Ferguson, replacing Nancy Weiben Stock
Woolery and Ferguson are both Third District residents. Woolery is the Orange City Treasurer while Ferguson is a Senior Deputy District Attorney from Anaheim Hills. Grimes was appointed Auditor-Controller in 2013 by the Board of Supervisors. Stock was appointed to the bench in 1990 by Governor George Deukmejian.
One incumbent was defeated for re-election:
Linda Lindholm defeated incumbent Liz Parker for County Board of Education, Trustee Area 5
Lindholm is the Mayor of Laguna Niguel. Parker has served eight terms on the County Board of Education since her first election in 1982.
Four County races will go to a November run-off because no candidate received more than 50% of the vote:
Supervisor, Second District (replacing John Moorlach)
- Board of Equalization Member Michelle Steel vs. Assemblyman Allan Mansoor
Supervisor, Fifth District (replacing Patricia Bates)
- Laguna Niguel Councilman Robert Ming vs. Dana Point Mayor Lisa Bartlett
- Incumbent Webster Guillory vs. former Board of Equalization Member Claude Parrish
Judge (replacing William Froeberg)
- Assistant District Attorney Kevin Haskins vs. Deputy Attorney General KC Jones
Except for odd-numbered State Senate Districts, all other State offices and the U.S. House of Representatives appeared on the June 3 ballot. Due to California’s Proposition 14, all of those offices will advance to a November run-off regardless of whether a candidate broke 50%.
Voters in the City of Anaheim approved Measure C to update their City Charter and Measure E to allow safe and sane fireworks. Anaheim voters also rejected Measure D, which would have shortened the mayoral term from four years to two years.
In the Irvine Unified School District, a petition of 1.5% of the voters invalidated the November 2013 appointment of Ira Glasky to the school board. In the resulting special election, which was consolidated with Tuesday’s primary election, Irvine Unified voters sent Glasky back to the school board. Glasky’s term will expire in a few months, so his seat will be up for election again in November, this time for a full four-year term.