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