Lou Correa has had a great run in the 34th State Senate District but he is terming out in 2014 and already both Democratic and Republican candidates are lining up for a shot at his seat.
The leading Republican candidate for the 34th is O.C. Supervisor Janet Nguyen. She has not distinguished herself in any way but the DPOC gave her a free pass last year and so she is loaded – her fundraising advantage will make it hard for any other Republicans to challenge her in the Open Primary.
That said, it would appear that perennial candidate Long Pham is going to challenge Nguyen, according to the OC Political Blog. He lost a seat on the O.C. Board of Education when he ran an ill-advised campaign for the 72nd Assembly District.
If Pham and Nguyen face off perhaps there might be an opportunity for old school Assemblyman Jim Silva to run for the 34th. He is rather lame but so is Nguyen. Pham can be entertaining at times but few take him seriously.
What about the Democrats? Their leading candidate is former Assemblyman Jose Solorio, who lucked into an open seat on the Rancho Santiago Community College District’s Board of Education last year. Solorio has money and can raise a lot more. He is popular in Sacramento and continues to be a real player in the O.C. as well.
Failed Assembly candidate Julio Perez is telling friends, allegedly, that he might run against Solorio just to make him lose. Perez won’t get much help from his fellow Democrats unless he can raise a mint – and he already blew his was last year in the 69th Assembly District.
Joe Dovinh, a Democrat who serves on the Garden Grove Planning Commission, says he is running too. Like Pham he has become a perennial candidate.
The 34th is in play for the GOP, thanks to redistricting, but I don’t expect any of their candidates to beat Solorio. He is a bit more liberal than Correa but he is quite moderate compared to most Democrats in Sacramento.
As for the crazed notion that Correa will help Nguyen, don’t bank on it. He is no fan of hers. I expect he will do the right thing and back Solorio.