Senator John M. W. Moorlach announced that he is running for the soon-to-be-open Orange County Board of Supervisors Second District, currently held by Congresswoman-elect Michelle Steel. Moorlach has already gained the early endorsements of New Majority, the Orange County Lincoln Club, and Family Action PAC.
“These are turbulent times, and Orange County must take steps to prepare for what could be a very difficult financial picture in 2021,” said Senator Moorlach. “I’ve helped our county maneuver to withstand several past financial storms, and I’m looking forward to rejoining the Board of Supervisors to help protect our county and promote a high quality of life for Orange County families.”
In the November Senate election, Moorlach won 57 percent of the votes coming from the overlapping Supervisor District 2, despite the $3 million of negative attack ads against him.
In a statement announcing their support, Family Action PAC President Kim Bengard said “Moorlach is a man of faith, principle and courage — exactly the kind of person we need right now on the Board of Supervisors.” Lincoln Club President John Warner added: “John Moorlach has a track record of accomplishments for Orange County families few others can hold a candle to. He is the clear choice for the Supervisor’s seat.”
Moorlach represented District 2 for eight years and prior to that served as the Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector for 12 years. Moorlach is widely known as a financial expert who helped Orange County exit bankruptcy 25 years ago, then spearheaded a series of adept moves to help the county avoid a fiscal disaster during the Great Recession.
Moorlach has served the past six years in Sacramento as the Legislature’s only member who is a CPA. Targeted by nearly $3 million of negative attacks by big government public employee unions, Moorlach came up just short of winning an additional term in the Senate.
The special election for Orange County’s Second District Supervisorial seat is expected to be held in spring 2021. The special election will not proceed to a runoff. Instead the highest vote-getter is awarded the seat.