Huff’s Chief of Staff, Tim Shaw, who is also a City Councilman in La Habra, was running for the 29th District but he pulled out and announced his support for Chang today. He was joined at a press conference by U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, State Assemblywoman Young Kim, and Huff, as Chang announced her new State Senate Campaign.
Don’t feel too bad for Shaw though. He is considering running for Chang’s Assembly seat if she vacates it.
Chang won her seat in the 55th Assembly District in resounding fashion last year, after the seat was vacated by termed-out Assemblyman Curt Hagman. The 55th district includes portions of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, including: Diamond Bar, Industry, Walnut, part of West Covina, Brea, La Habra, Placentia, Yorba Linda and Chino Hills.
Chang did exceptionally well in conservative Orange County where she doubled up on her opponent, Democrat Gregg Fritchle, 68 percent to 32 percent. The race was slightly closer in Los Angeles County. In San Bernardino County, Chang had nearly twice as many votes as her opponent, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
Kang is however damaged goods in the wake of the brutal Great Park audit which shows that Kang, and his Democratic colleagues on the Irvine City Council, Larry Agran and Beth Krom, screwed the taxpayers by wasting millions of dollars that should have been used to develop the Great Park but were instead used to pay off lobbyists and PR hacks.
Moreover Kang, according to his bio, started his career as a sales representative at the failed Circuit City company. Then he and his wife ran a few Stride Rite shoe stores. Are you kidding? Kang is woefully unqualified to serve in our State Legislature.
Another Democrat, former Brea Councilman Brett Murdock, is also considering a bid for the 29th District, according to the O.C. Register. Good luck with that. Brea has very few voters and it is unlikely that anyone outside of Brea knows who Murdock is.
The Democrats think they have a shot at the 29th as they are now within 3 percentage points in voter registration in this district. But how can they expect a damaged carpetbagger like Kang to be competitive?
The last time Kang ran for office was in 2012 when he challenged former U.S. Rep. John Campbell in the 45th Congressional District. Campbell, a Republican who has since retired, beat Kang soundly by about 50,000 votes according to Smart Voter.
The Senate District 29 is comprised of portions of Los Angeles County, Orange County and San Bernardino County. The 29th District includes the cities of Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Chino Hills, City of Industry, Cypress, Diamond Bar, Fullerton, La Habra, La Habra Heights, La Palma, Placentia, Rowland Heights, Stanton, Walnut, West Covina and Yorba Linda.
Ling Ling Chang has represented the 55th Assembly District in the state Legislature since 2014 and serves as Vice Chair of the Rules Committee as well as Republican Whip. Additionally, she serves on the Appropriations Committee, Business & Professions Committee and as an inaugural member of the Privacy & Consumer Protection Committee. Assemblywoman Chang was also appointed to serve on the Finance Committee of the Council of State Governments (CSG-West) for the 2015-16 session.
Prior to the Legislature, Assemblywoman Chang served on the Diamond Bar City Council and as a Board member and former President of the Walnut Valley Water District. During her time on the City Council she served as Mayor, and as a delegate to the Southern California Association of Governments and the League of California Cities – Los Angeles Division, of which she was elected President. Assemblywoman Chang also serves on the Countywide Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and previously served on the Diamond Bar Parks and Recreation Commission, and as an appointee of the Governor to the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.