Former 69th Assemblyman Tom Umberg has pulled papers and is in the 1st District SupervisorÃ‚Â contest to replace his former opponent in the 34th Senate primary election, Senator Lou Correa.
Umberg’s entry into the race sets up a rematch with Santa Ana Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez, who lost to Umberg in the 2004 primary for Assembly. Also, the entry of Umberg into the race may dash the hopes of Garden Grove Councilman Mark Rosen who had hoped to be the consensus democrat in the contest, thus drawing the majority of organized labor support.
To put it mildly, the 6 week campaign should be eventful. We’ll know who has turned in papers around 5 pm today and the final list of candidates once all nominating signatures are verified.
I’ll post more later, but in the mean time and on behalf of Tom Umberg, I’ll take the liberty of wishing the other 13 potential candidates Happy Holidays.