4th Supervisor District: Potential Candidates Jockeying for Front Runner Status

So far I’ve heard names of the following people as as actual and potential candidates to succeed incumbent Shawn Nelson as the next county supervisor from the 4th District:

  • Former Assemblywoman Young Kim
  • Fullerton Councilwoman Jennifer Fitzgerald
  • Fullerton Mayor Bruce Whitaker
  • Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring
  • La Habra Councilman Tim Shaw

The 4th Supervisor District encompasses all or parts of the following cities: La Habra, Brea, Placentia, Buena Park, Fullerton, Anaheim and unincorporated county islands.

Young Kim: after a bruising defeat in her rematch with Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, she decided that running for supervisor is her only viable option at holding elected office. As a candidate, Young Kim is a hard worker and has demonstrated her ability to raise a sizable sum of money from her Korean base. Her name recognition in the area that overlapped with the 65th Assembly District could also be an asset in any early polling surveys. Before holding elected office, Kim was Congressman Ed Royce’s liaison to the Asian communities, and Royce is pushing her candidacy.

Jennifer Fitzgerald: placing first in a crowded field of twelve candidates in the recent Fullerton City Council makes her a serious contender for supervisor.  Jennifer Fitzgerald will be backed by the Curt Pringle / OCBC / OCTax faction of the political establishment. She used to be a staffer for then-Assemblyman Dick Ackerman and later for Congressman Ed Royce.

Bruce Whitaker: a former aide to then-Supervisor Chris Norby, he was also re-elected to the Fullerton City Council last year. Whitaker and Councilman Greg Seabourn constitute the conservative bloc on the City Council as demonstrated by their strong opposition against the recent 2-year / 9% salary increase contract with the fire fighters union.

Lucille Kring: re-elected to the Anaheim City Council this past November in a newly drawn 4th District, Lucille Kring is looking to move beyond the city council level. Kring unsuccessfully ran for mayor against Curt Pringle and state senate against Lou Correa in the past. This will be a free ride for Lucille Kring and she has little to lose because the Tom Tait-majority calling the shot at City Hall now. Kring will have all the time in the world to campaign.

Tim Shaw: another name being mentioned top vote-getter in his re-election to a third term last November, Shaw has also served for several years as one of the 4th District’s two city representatives on the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors. He’s currently government affairs director for the Pacific West Association of Realtors, and was then-Senator Bob Huff’s district director before that.

It is also likely that the Democratic Party of Orange County will field their candidate for this seat after seeing a jump in voter registration across the county.

UPDATED 2-17-17: La Habra City School District Trustee Cynthia Aguirre, a Democrat, has filed paperwork to for the 4th Supervisor District.

Tilting Democratic
Republican and Democratic registration in the 4th Supervisor District had been near parity, but GOP numbers have cratered: the district is now 40.2% Democrat, 32.4% Republican and 23.4% No Party Preference.

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