Steel: Show me the money!
Steel: Show me the money!

If Cash Is Determinate, Orange County May Get First Woman-Dominated Board Of Supervisors

Just 50 days remain until the June 3 elections for three seats on the Orange County Board of Supervisors and, as usual, the campaign money race offers hints about the likely frontrunners.

Based on contribution activity (and personalities), the four-person race to replace termed-out 2nd District Supervisor John Moorlach is the most contentious with candidates having stockpiled more than $662,000 in their war chests.

Here's the cash-on-hand (as of the last disclosure report through mid-March) breakdown for those candidates:

Michelle Steel, State Board of Equalization member: $507,321 Joe Carchio, Huntington Beach councilman: $72,107 Allan Mansoor, California state Assemblyman: $61,559 Conrad "Jim" Moreno, Coast Community College District trustee: $21,603

Here are similar figures for the 4th District contest:

Shawn Nelson, Incumbent/attorney: $188,190 Rudy Gaona, Hospital employee/National Guard soldier: $0

These are the cash-on-hand numbers for the race to replace termed-out, 5th District Supervisor Pat Bates:

Lisa Bartlett, Businesswoman/mayor: $89,384 Robert Ming, Businessman/councilman: $66,109 Frank Ury, Businessman/councilman/engineer: $26,510 Joe Williams, Deputy District Attorney: $250


First District Supervisor Janet Nguyen is midway through her third term, but could depart if she defeats Jose Solorio for an open Orange County state Senate seat.

There's one person guaranteed to be on the board that spends more than $5 billion annually: Todd Spitzer, who handily won his 3rd District seat in 2012 and decided not to challenge District Attorney Tony Rackauckas this year.

(Attorney Greg Diamond, a member of the Orange County Democratic Party, is opposing the incumbent DA.)

It's possible after the election that Orange County could have its first woman-dominated board of supervisors.

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