March Special Election for State Senate Expected
By O.C. Supervisor Todd Spitzer
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio administers the oath of office to Congresswoman Mimi Walters in the Rayburn Room as her husband, David Walters, and their four children look on.
On Tuesday in the United States Capitol, Speaker John Boehner administered the oath of office to all 435 members of the United States House of Representatives, including new Congresswoman Mimi Walters. The first Republican woman to represent Orange County in the United States House of Representatives (and the third woman ever after the sister pair of Loretta and Linda Sanchez), Walters replaces John Campbell as the Member of Congress for California’s 45th District, which consists of most of inland Orange County and encompasses nearly the entirety of the Third Supervisorial District, except for Yorba Linda, Orange west of the 55 Freeway, and portions of Anaheim Hills west of Imperial Highway.
“It was a great pleasure to serve with Mimi Walters when we were both members of the State Assembly,” Supervisor Todd Spitzer said. “As a County Supervisor, it has been a privilege to work with her on state issues affecting our overlapping districts when she was a State Senator, and I look forward to working with her on federal issues affecting our overlapping districts now that she is a Member of Congress.”
Walters won 65.1% of the vote in the November 2014 general election for the 45th Congressional District. She served in the State Senate from 2008 until her resignation this week to enter the United States Congress. She previously served as a State Assemblywoman from 2004-2008, Mayor of Laguna Niguel in 2000, and a Laguna Niguel City Councilwoman from 1996-2004.
The Governor has two weeks to call a special election to fill the vacancy in the State Senate. The special primary election date is expected to be set for March with a run-off (if necessary) in May. The person elected will serve the remainder of Walters’s Senate term and will have to run again in the regular 2016 elections for a four-year term.
The 37th State Senate District covers 15 Orange County cities, stretching as far north as Anaheim Hills to as far south as Laguna Beach and as far west as Huntington Beach to as far east as Lake Forest. The 37th State Senate District encompasses nearly the entirety of the Third Supervisorial District, except for the canyons south of Silverado Canyon Road, Orange west of the 57 Freeway, and Yorba Linda.