Per Scott Lay’s Nooner today, Sen Mimi Walters looks well ahead of her two competitors in the CD45 congressional race.
This must make it official — 2nd District County Supervisor John Moorlach will run for John Campbell’s Congressional seat. The FlashReport mentioned Moorlach’s candidacy last July. Campbell announced earlier this year he would not run for a third term.
It’s a crowded field, with termed-out State Senator Mimi Walters probably leading the pack today. Moorlach is termed out of his Supervisorial Seat next year. His campaign website is unfinished at this time. Continue reading
Here’s the first of what will be a number of polls for CD45. We’ll just do the non-Democrats for now as it’s a large list that will be pared down over the months ahead of the June, 2014 Primary.
The anti-competitive, noxious “top two” election law that Abel Maldonado arranged for us by twisting Schwarzenegger’s arm suggests we’ll allow TWO votes for this go-round. We’ll leave the poll open until next weekend. If there are any other suggestions for names, please leave a comment.
So far, the only declared candidates for this seat are termed-out State Senator Mimi Walters, Tea Partier John Webb who ran against Campbell in 2012 and Marine Colonel (ret.)/Military Writer Greg Raths. 2nd District County Supervisor John Moorlach is said to be interested in the position (said my friend Allan Bartlett in Facebook on July 8th, “I’m losing track of all the political offices John Moorlach is running for”).
CD45 includes the cities of Irvine, Tustin, North Tustin, Lake Forest, Laguna Woods, Laguna Hills, Villa Park, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto De Caza, and portions of the cities of Anaheim and Orange. Residency in the District is not a requirement to declare for it, or be elected to it.
Candidates for Congressional District 45 (non-Democrats) -- Two Votes allowed
- Rep. Ed Royce (jumping Districts) (31%, 44 Votes)
- Irvine Mayor Steven Choi (19%, 27 Votes)
- State Senator Mimi Walters (19%, 27 Votes)
- OC Supervisor John Moorach (9%, 12 Votes)
- Retired Marine Col. Greg Raths (5%, 7 Votes)
- Assemblyman Don Wagner (5%, 7 Votes)
- 2012 CD45 Primary Candidate John Webb (4%, 6 Votes)
- Former Congressman Chris Cox (1%, 2 Votes)
- CPA Phil Liberatore (1%, 2 Votes)
- Rep. Gary Miller (jumping Districts) (1%, 1 Votes)
- Former Supervisor Gaddi Vasquez (1%, 1 Votes)
- Former Assemblyman Van Tran (1%, 1 Votes)
- Former Anaheim Councilman Harry Sidhu (1%, 1 Votes)
- Former State Senator Dick Ackerman (1%, 1 Votes)
- OC Supervisor Pat Bates (1%, 1 Votes)
- Retired Businessman Quang Pham (1%, 1 Votes)
- BoE Member Michelle Steel (currently declared for SD2) (0%, 0 Votes)
- PIMCO Executive Neal Kashkiri (0%, 0 Votes)
- Assemblywoman Diane Harkey (0%, 0 Votes)
- Former Laguna Niguel Councilman Paul Glaab (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 85
Update: Here’s another poll from John Lewis from July 2nd that we found buried in the FlashReport: 45th Congressional Race Up For Grabs. Lewis included OC Supervisor Todd Spitzer as a potential candidate, but we believe he’s absolutely going to run for District Attorney in 2014.
From Jon Fleischman’s FlashReport this morning:
In what might be best describes as an “exploratory effort” at this stage, conservative Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach called me late yesterday to share with me that after discussing it with his family he has decided to explore a run for the 45th Congressional District seat. Specifically Moorlach said that he would be spending the next month out meeting with folks and working to raise funds, with a goal of trying to put over $100,000 into an account. If he can do this, Moorlach says he’s all in. Moorlach. Moorlach’s decision to seek the House seat seems to have ended speculation about what the termed out Supervisor would do at this point — he’d been actively looking at either a run for County Auditor-Controller, or a run for State Assembly (if Assemblyman Allan Mansoor pulls the trigger and announces a bid for Supervisor).