When former Orange County firefighters union president Joe Kerr announced he was running for the 4th Supervisor District – despite living in Coto de Caza the 5th Supervisor District – it was rumored he would be re-registering to vote in Brea.
That, as it turns out, is the case. Kerr, who had been registered to vote at his Coto de Caza address since 2000, had re-registered in Brea on January 30, 2017. Kerr officially announced his candidacy on March 20.
Kerr’s wife and 80-year old father are still resgistered to vote at his Coto de Caza home.
Will Kerr’s disputed residency be a factor in the election? The lower the office, the more residency tends to matter. Voters generally insist their councilmembers live in the city, but give a little more lassitude when it comes to supervisor elections. That said, Coto de Caza is a long way from the 4th Supervisor District. The last time a candidate attempted to run for an Orange County supervisor seat in which they clearly did not live – Villa Park homeowner Tom Umberg’s campaign for the 1st Supervisor District — it didn’t end well.
Kerr will be the standard-bearer of Democratic government unionism – which hasn’t amassed a very good track record in 4th Supervisor District elections.