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ORANGE, Calif. — The Democratic Party of Orange County released a new round of endorsements for the November 3rd elections on August 3rd. The party endorsed dozens of candidates across city councils, school boards and water districts, reflecting a continued wave of enthusiasm and momentum for Democrats in Orange County. 

This is the Democratic Party’s second round of endorsements; it held an early round of endorsements in late June to help candidates compete while safely campaigning during the coronavirus pandemic. Democrats expect to hold additional rounds of endorsements in August. Candidates needing more information should visit the Democratic Party’s Endorsements page. 

The endorsements come days after Democrats hit another major milestone: There are now 40,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans in Orange County. Over the past 12 months, Democrats have gone from a neck-and-neck tie to holding a 2.4 point voter registration lead as the county’s largest political party.

On the endorsements, Chair Ada Briceño stated:

“We are proud to support our large slate of strong and effective leaders. As this pandemic has shown, we need Democratic values of public health and science in our local offices more than ever. Up and down the ballot, voters have a clear choice this November.

“These endorsements will help all Democrats turn out the vote, and support our Democratic state legislative and congressional candidates. We’re determined to flip more seats, including the Orange County Board of Supervisors First District.”

ENDORSED CANDIDATES 

County Offices

Sergio Contreras, Orange County Board of Supervisors District 1

Municipal Offices

Ross Chun, Aliso Viejo City Council
Richard Hurt, Aliso Viejo City Council
Avelino Valencia III, Anaheim City Council District 4
Susan Sonne, Buena Park City Council District 3
Katrina Foley, Costa Mesa Mayor
John Stephens, Costa Mesa City Council District 1
Loren Gameros, Costa Mesa City Council District 2
Glenn Grandis, Fountain Valley City Council
Mai Khanh Tran, Fountain Valley City Council
Fred Hong Joo Jung, Fullerton City Council District 1
Faisal Qazi, City of Fullerton Council District 2
Aaruni Thakur, Fullerton City Council District 4
Julie Diep, Garden Grove City Council District 2
Natalie Moser, Huntington Beach City Council
Dan Kalmick, Huntington Beach City Council
Oscar Rodriguez, Huntington Beach City Council
Farrah Khan, Irvine Mayor
Larry Agran, Irvine City Council
Lauren Johnson-Norris, Irvine City Council
Tammy Kim, Irvine City Council
George Weiss, Laguna Beach City Council
Stephanie Oddo, Laguna Niguel City Council
Adrienne Gladson, Orange Mayor
Eugene Fields, Orange City Council District 1
Martin Varona, Orange City Council District 2
Danett Abbott-Wicker, Orange City Council District 3
Paulette Hines, Mission Viejo City Council
Devon Gray, Placentia City Council District 1
Chris Duncan, San Clemente City Council
Vicente Sarmiento, Santa Ana Mayor
Thai Viet Phan, Santa Ana City Council Ward 1
Beckie Gomez, Tustin City Council
Letitia Clark, Tustin City Council
Lee Fink, Tustin City Council
Carlos Manzo, Westminster City Council District 2

Community College Districts

Lorraine Prinsky, Coast Community College District 3
Ed Lopez, North Orange County Community College District Area 2
Miguel Alvarez, North Orange County Community College District Area 4

School Districts

Jose Paolo Magcalas, Anaheim Elementary School District
Elizabeth Gonzalez, Centralia Elementary School District Area 3
Steven Schultz, Fountain Valley Unified School District
Joanne Fawley, Fullerton Joint Union High School District Area 2
Vicki Calhoun, Fullerton Joint Union High School District Area 3
Teri Rocco, Garden Grove Unified School District Area 1
Walter Muneton, Garden Grove Unified School District Area 3
Paul Bokota, Irvine Unified School District Trustee Area 5
Paurvi Trivedi, Los Alamitos Unified School District Area 2
Leah Ersolyu, Newport Mesa Unified School District Area 1
Gina Clayton-Tarvin, Ocean View School District
Tiger Kennedy Cosmos, Orange Unified School District Area 2
LaShe Rodriguez, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District Area 2
Alfonso Alvarez, Santa Ana Unified School District
Carolyn Torres, Santa Ana Unified School District
Rigo Rodriguez, Santa Ana Unified School District
Allyson Damikolas, Tustin Unified School District Area 1
Jonathan Stone, Tustin Unified School District Area 4
David Johnson, Westminster Unified School District Area 1

Water Districts and Special Districts

Jose Vergara, El Toro Water District
Ann Marie McKay, Laguna Beach City Clerk

For Immediate Release: August 3, 2020
Media Contact: ​Rachel Potucek, rachel@ocdemocrats.org

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