August 21, 2018 – Orange, Calif. —Marking a powerful new indicator of Democratic activism in Orange County, the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) today announces it will release its largest slate of endorsed Democratic candidates in recent history.

Nearly twice as many Democrats are seeking endorsement for local Orange County races this year compared to the 2016 Presidential election cycle just two years ago.

More than half of candidates in DPOC’s first round of endorsements are women. This is a significant increase over national averages: only 20% of local offices in the U.S. are currently occupied by women, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University (

The diversity of candidates extends even further: a whopping 75% of candidates in DPOC’s first round of endorsements are either a woman, a person of color, LGBT, or under the age of 40.

This marks a huge accomplishment for DPOC in its work to build a bench of local elected officials, and is yet another indicator of a trending “blue wave” in the November 2018 Midterms in Orange County.

“Momentum is growing in our neighborhoods at the local level,” said Fran Sdao, Chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County. “Our endorsed candidates have the energy and ideas to care for Orange County’s future. Our candidates talk with neighbors to create better solutions for housing, safety, jobs and more.”

This news emerges as DPOC releases its first of two waves of endorsements. The second endorsement slate of city council, school district and water district candidates will be voted upon at the next regular Democratic Party of Orange County Central Committee meeting on Monday, August 27th.

The endorsed candidates are:

Orange County Board of Supervisors, District 4: Doug Chaffee

Aliso Viejo City Council: Tiffany Ackley
Aliso Viejo City Council: Gary Pritchard

Anaheim Mayor: Ashleigh Aitken
Anaheim City Council, District 2: Jordan Brandman
Anaheim City Council, District 3: Hon. Dr. Jose F. Moreno
Anaheim City Council, District 6: Grant Henninger

Brea City Council: Blake Perez
Brea City Council: Sean Thomas

Buena Park City Council, District 1: Hon. Sunny Park
Buena Park City Council, District 2: Ian MacDonald
Buena Park City Council, District 5: Hon. Connor Traut

Costa Mesa Mayor: Hon. Katrina Foley
Costa Mesa City Council, District 3: Andrea Marr
Costa Mesa City Council, District 4: Manuel Chavez
Costa Mesa City Council, District 5: Arlis Reynolds

Cypress City Council: Nettie Bryan

Dana Point City Council, District 2: Mark McGinn

Fullerton City Council, District 3: Hon. Jesus Silva

Garden Grove City Council, District 3: Hon. Thu-Ha Nguyen
Garden Grove City Council, District 4: Mark Paredes

Huntington Beach City Council: Shayna Lathus
Huntington Beach City Council: Kim Carr

Irvine City Council: Farrah Khan
Irvine City Council: Lauren Johnson-Norris

Laguna Beach City Council: Hon. Toni Iseman
Laguna Beach City Council: Judie Mancuso

Mission Viejo City Council: Mahmoud El-Farra

Orange City Council: Betty Valencia
Orange City Council: Adrienne Gladson

San Clemente City Council: Jackson Hinkle
San Clemente City Council: Jake Rybczyk

Santa Ana Mayor: Hon. Sal Tinajero
Santa Ana City Council, Ward 6: Nelida Mendoza

Westminster City Council: Hon. Jamison Power

Yorba Linda City Council: Lourdes Cruz

Anaheim Elementary School District Trustee, Area 5: Hon. Ryan Ruelas

Anaheim Union High School District Trustee, Area 1: Hon. Al Jabbar

Centralia School District Trustee: Luis Flores

La Habra School District Trustee: Adam Rogers

Rancho Santiago District Trustee, Area 1: Hon. John Hanna

Coast Community College Trustee, Area 1: Hon. Jim Moreno

Rancho Santiago Community College Trustee, Area 4: Hon. Larry Labrado

Santa Ana Unified School District Trustee: Hon. Valerie Amezcua
Santa Ana Unified School District Trustee: Hon. John Palacio

Midway City Sanitation: Hon. Sergio Contreras

Irvine Water District: Andrew Pollard

About The Democratic Party of Orange County

The Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) is the official Democratic Party organization representing over half a million registered Democratic voters in Orange County, California, the nation’s sixth-largest county.

The voter gap in Orange County dropped from 22% in 1990 to just 2.6% in 2018, and is still closing. In 2016, Orange County voters chose a Democrat for President for the first time since 1936, and put four Orange County-based US House seats into play in national efforts to retake the House in 2018. To volunteer or donate to elect strong Democrats, visit DPOC at, email us at, or call (714) 634-DEMS.

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