La Habra Councilman Tim Shaw has officially entered the race to succeed Shawn Nelson as OC Supervisor from the 4th District, sending out this press release today:
I have decided to run for the Fourth District seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Shawn Nelson has served our district with class and integrity, but he will be termed out of office next year and the primary election to replace him will take place in June 2018.
I am proud to call the Fourth District home. Shannon and I both attended public schools in the Fourth District, and this is where we are raising our five children.
I firmly believe the 2016 election results sent a strong message. People are tired of politics as usual, and we need to tear up the playbook and start from scratch.
Many in our local community agree with this approach, and I’m honored to have earned the support and endorsement of State Senate Minority Leader Emeritus Bob Huff (R-Brea), who represented most of the Fourth District for the past eight years. I have earned the enthusiastic support of the people who know me best: my La Habra City Council colleagues, James Gomez, Michael Blazey, and Tom Beamish, who have quickly endorsed my candidacy and who will be casting their ballots for me for Fourth District Supervisor.
It’s been my honor to serve on the La Habra City Council since I was first elected in 2008. I served as Mayor in 2012 and was reelected to a third term on the City Council last year. I represent the Fourth Supervisorial District on the Orange County Transportation Authority Board. My other regional leadership roles include serving on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Sanitation District and the Association of California Cities – Orange County.
My time on the La Habra City Council, working as a policy advisor to a County Supervisor, teaching American Government at the college level, directing field staff for a State Senate Office, and service on local and regional boards and commissions has prepared me for this next step to serve our community. This challenge isn’t an easy one, but my desire to make Orange County a better place and bring opportunity to Orange County families will overcome all obstacles.
I cannot take this next step, however, without your earnest support. I will be contacting you in the coming days, and I look forward to earning your support. Together, we can move Orange County in the right direction and lead the way!
Mayor Pro Tem
Candidate for Orange County Supervisor
Shaw was previously a candidate for the 29th Senate District, before withdrawing and throwing his support to then-Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang, who lost a closely-run race with Democrat Josh Newman. He is government affairs director for the Pacific West Association of Realtors, a position in which much of his time is devoted to supporting property rights.
The other declared candidates are Republican Young Kim, who represented Assembly District 65 from 2014 to 2016, and La Habra City School District Trustee Cynthia Aguirre, a Democrat. Three Fullerton Councilmembers – Jennifer Fitzgerald, Bruce Whitaker and Jesus Silva – are mentioned as potential candidates; Fitzgerald and Whitaker are Republicans while Silva is a liberal Democrat. OC Daily continues to here conflicting information about a possible run by former Rep. Loretta Sanchez; she would have to move from Orange into the 4th District in order to run.