5 Sets of 2012 Orange County Election Losers

Categories: Elections
*Corrected from original version (see next page).

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A Tri rises...
Anyone else hope someone switches the seating cards at the next Orange County Mayors Breakfast so that Tri sits next to Tita? Tri Ta became Westminster's first Vietnamese-American mayor and, he claims, the first in the country to win a mayoral seat via the voters rather than appointment. Meanwhile, Teresa "Tita" Smith, Catholic Charities of Orange County's director, fought off a challenge from fellow veteran council member Jon Dumitru to win the Orange mayoral race. As Tri and Tita clang juice glasses at our fantasy mayors breakfast, let's look at five sets of big losers Tuesday night.

See also:
The Five Best Wins for Democracy in Orange County Last Night
OC Weekly 2012 Election Guide: South Orange County Community College District
The Five Least-Deserving, Non-Incumbent Winners in Orange County Elections Last Night

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Williams: Buh-bye...
Guys with Name Recognition: The Mexican already gave the deets on Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk-Silva pulling the Assembly seat out from under Chris Norby (R-Any North County Anger Management Class), and the surprising defeat of Larry Agran in Irvine's mayoral race. But others who have enjoyed the sweet nectar of political power found themselves unelected Tuesday. Current Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang, a cog in the Agran political machine and star of the Democratic Party and Korean-American community, lost badly in his bid to unseat Congressman John Campbell (R-CarMax). In the Trustee Area 7 (Rancho Santa Margaritaville) race for the board that governs the South Orange County Community College District (Irvine Valley and Saddleback of Mission Viejo), former board leader John S. Williams, who went on to shame as Orange County public administrator/public guardian, came in third to Timothy "Tim" Jemal. The same college district's former chancellor, Raghu Mathur, came in fourth in the race for two Laguna Hills City Council seats, which were won by Andrew Blount and Dore Gilbert. Finishing just more than half a percentage point behind Gilbert was former San Clemente police chief Bill Hunt, who has been mentioned as Fullerton's next top cop and who previously came in third in the last Orange County sheriff's race won by incumbent Sandra Hutchens.

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Friends for Fullerton's Flamin' Future: Voters not only rejected Chevron's development plans for Coyote Hills (as Gustavo also mentioned in his post; damn, leave scraps much, boss?), but they pooh-poohed a measure that could have made it easier for those tinder-dry hillsides to go up in flames. The referendum to allow safe-and-sane fireworks in the city after a 22-year ban was rejected by 52 percent of the electorate. Guess those deep-pocketed firework makers in Rialto will have to shop their campaign contributions to another jurisdiction in the bosom of rolling hills.

[*Corrected (thanks, Ed) due to this reporter's ignorance that voting yes on a measure with "ban fireworks" in the title meant you were voting to allow fireworks. Hmm, wonder if any actual voters were confused by that also?]

Friends for Fullerton's Non-Flamin' Future: Voters rejected Chevron's development plans for Coyote Hills (as Gustavo also mentioned in his post; damn, leave scraps much, boss?), but they cleared the way for those tinder-dry hillsides to go up in flames. The referendum to allow safe-and-sane fireworks in the city after a 22-year ban was approved by 52 percent of the electorate. Guess those deep-pocketed firework makers in Rialto will now shop their campaign contributions to the next jurisdiction in the bosom of rolling hills..

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