By Todd Spitzer, Chairman of the OC Board of Supervisors
Last week, Chairman Todd Spitzer emceed the swearing in ceremony for Andrew Do, who was elected as First District Supervisor in the January 27 special election. The First District encompasses over 600,000 residents in the communities of Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Westminster, Midway City, and parts of Fountain Valley. The seat was vacated on December 1 by Supervisor Janet Nguyen, who had been elected to the 34th State Senate District. Do previously served as Nguyen’s Chief of Staff, a Garden Grove City Councilman, a Judge Pro Tem, a business attorney, and a Deputy District Attorney.
Supervisor Do took his seat on the dais after the Board of Supervisors declared the results of the election as presented by Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley.
“I welcome my friend Andrew to the Board – we went to UC Hastings College of the Law together, we were both prosecutors, and we are both married to judges,” Chairman Spitzer said. “I’ve known him a long time, and I look forward to him being a colleague on the Board.”
With Do joining the Board, Orange County becomes the first county governing board in the continental United States with an Asian-American majority. Supervisor Do is a Vietnamese immigrant, Supervisor Michelle Steel is a Korean immigrant, and Vice Chair Lisa Bartlett is the descendant of Japanese immigrants.
“This is a historic day with Asian Americans becoming a majority of the Board, and each Asian American Supervisor comes from a different ethnic group, showing that Orange County is truly a melting pot,” Chairman Spitzer said. “While we acknowledge this historic fact, we should not overemphasize our individual differences, but rather we should focus on what brings us together as one county and one Board, as we work together on behalf of all the people of Orange County.”