[Re-posted from our partner site, OCPolitical.com]
After pulling papers on Tuesday, Mayor Ed Sachs (R-Mission Viejo) has completed filing to challenge the re-election bid of Assemblyman Bill Brough(R-Dana Point) in the 73rd District. The only other candidate to complete filing for AD-73 was Business Services Director Scott Rhinehart (D-Mission Viejo).
On the one hand, Mission Viejo is the largest of the 8 cities in AD-73. Despite that, on the other hand, Mission Viejo has only 1/5 of AD-73’s voters.
In 2014, Assembly Republican Nominee Brough had endorsed Sachs’ bid for City Council. In 2016, Councilman Sachs had endorsed Assemblyman Brough’s bid for re-election.
As of the last campaign finance reporting period, Brough had over $200,000 cash-on-hand for his re-election bid. Currently Chairman of the Orange County Fire Authority, Sachs has not yet opened a campaign account for his 2018 Council re-election bid nor for his bid for AD-73 against Brough.
However, Sachs is a retired corporate executive who largely self-funded his own $25,000 campaign for City Council in 2014. Specifically, he is the former President of the Pioneer Electronics USA, the American division of the massive Japanese multinational conglomerate. Unfortunately, the Form 700’s ranges are quite broad, so Sachs’s Form 700 reports an enormous range for his possible stock holdings, somewhere between $114,000-$1.12 million.
With two Republicans and one Democrat running, this race will largely resolve itself in the primary election, with Democrat Rhinehart advancing to the general election with one of the Republicans, either Assemblyman Brough or Mayor Sachs.
AD-73 is literally the safest Republican Assembly seat in the entire state, with Republicans holding a 17% registration advantage over Democrats.