Orange County Young Democrats Endorse Local Candidates

SANTA ANA, CA – The Orange County Young Democrats (OCYD) hosted the only endorsement meeting supported by young progressive Democrats in Orange County on Thursday, September 25th at Original Mike’s. Local candidates for elected office seeking the OCYD endorsement completed a comprehensive questionnaire providing details on their political background, reason for running, their position on issues important to young people such as quality healthcare, education, women’s rights, employment and much more. Many candidates including incumbents Jose Solorio, Assemblyman 69th district, Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido and La Habra Mayor Rose Espinoza spoke to OCYD members seeking their endorsement for the upcoming election. OCYD officially endorsed the following candidates and positions on propositions for the November 2008 elections. 

List of Candidates Endorsed by OCYD:

·         Loretta Sanchez, U.S. Congress, 47th District

·         Steve Young, U.S. Congress, 48th District

·         Jose Solorio, State Assembly, 69th District

·         Gary Pritchard, State Senator, 33rd District

·         Greg Ferguson, Councilmember, City of Buena Park

·         Sharon Quirk, Councilmember, City of Fullerton

·         Karen Haluza, Councilmember, City of Fullerton

·         Linh Ho, Councilmember, City of Garden Grove

·         Robin Marcario, Councilmember, City of Garden Grove

·         Keith Bohr, Councilmember, City of Huntington Beach

·         Rose Espinoza, Mayor, City of La Habra

·         Daren Nissarian, Councilmember, City of La Habra

·         Miguel Pulido, Mayor, City of Santa Ana

·         Vincent Sarmiento, Councilmember, City of Santa Ana

·         Molly McClanahan, North Orange County College District

·         Jerry Patterson, Trustee, Coast Community College Dist., Area 2

·         Lorraine Prinsky, Trustee, Coast Community College Dist., Area 3

·         Charlotte Pirch, Trustee, Rancho Santiago Community College Dist., Area 1

·         Mark McLoughlin, Trustee, Rancho Santiago Community College Dist., Area 1

·         Lynette Verino, Trustee, Rancho Santiago Community College Dist., Area 1

·         Florice Hoffman, Trustee, Orange Unified School Dist., Area 3

·         Linda Zamora, School Board Member, Garden Grove Unified School District

·         Cathy McGough, School Board Member, Huntington Beach City School District

·         Irene Ibarra, School Board Member, Santa Ana Unified School District

·         Valerie Amezcua, School Board Member, Santa Ana Unified School District

·         Sergio Contreras, School Board Member, Westminster School District

OCYD Positions on Propositions:

·         Yes on 5

·         No on 8

·         No on 4

·         Yes on 2

The Orange County Young Democrats are an all volunteer, non-profit grassroots organization. This year marks the tenth anniversary for the Orange County Young Democrats.  In 2007, OCYD was chosen as the Young Professional Chapter of the Year by the California Young Democrats in recognition of OCYD’s peer-to-peer campaign during the 2006 election.

Please contact Mitch Star, OCYD Political Director, at with any questions. 

  4 comments for “Orange County Young Democrats Endorse Local Candidates

  1. CoastCommunityGuy
    September 26, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Misha, thank you for posting the endorsements for the O.C. Young Democrats. One candidate that has bipartisan support is Lorraine Prinsky, listed above, who is running for the Coast Community College District. Ms. Prinsky is trying to defeat Armando Ruiz, the pension double dipping trustee who is running for re-election this year. The email below has been circulating which describes the issues surrounding Ruiz’s re-election bid. After reviewing the email and checking articles from the Daily Pilot archives on Ruiz from 2004-05, the message, although written anonymously, confirms that a good part of what is being said can be substantiated.

    Dear Members of the Coast District Community:

    If you did not know, the Coast Community College District board has three seats up for election this Fall. I live in the Coast District community, but am writing anonymously to protect my privacy.

    I am writing to you specifically about Area 3 of the District, the seat held by trustee Armando Ruiz. If you did not know, Mr. Ruiz, with the full complicity and knowledge of the Coast District adminstration, took advantage of a state loophole in 2004 to double the size of his pension, which so far has cost taxpayers over $250,000, and will cost over $1,000,000 throughout the remainder of Ruiz’s natural life. Many people in the community expressed outrage at Ruiz’s actions – there was a recall attempt in the community, and local political leaders rebuked Mr. Ruiz for his conduct. Since that time, Ruiz has continued to collect his six figure pension and his salary as a trustee. In addition, he drives around the District in a Mercedes Benz, and uses District resources for his personal use.

    This year, Mr. Ruiz is being challenged by Lorraine Prinsky, a professor at Cal State Fullerton. Ms. Prinsky is running on a platform of ethics and pledges to the stop pension abuse like Mr. Ruiz’s that takes place on community college governing boards. In addition, it is Ms. Prinsky, not Armando Ruiz, that secured the endorsement of the Orange County Democratic Party last month. Whatever your political affiliation, the Democratic Party should be commended for endorsing a candidate that is running on a platform of ethics and integrity in public service, and who will stop pension abuse by college trustees that work both as a trustee and a government employee at the same time. ( There is a third person in the race, Don Apodaca, but little is known about him.

    But, more importantly, Ms. Prinsky will support openness and transparency in the management of the Coast District board. If you did not know already, Mr. Ruiz has served on a land development committee for the board. This committee is the one that brought the CVS Pharmacy, which will be selling alcoholic beverages on the campus, to Golden West College , and also, which secretly supported the proposal to build a Costco on the Golden West College campus. How could administrators like the Golden West College president tell people that the Costco deal was “approved” without the support of some higher authority? He has no power whatsover. The proposal may have came from the City of Huntington Beach, but Ruiz and others on the board were looking at Golden West College “surplus land” for development as far back as 2005. At a very recent meeting of the board, Mr. Ruiz rebuffed and delayed the request of some of his board colleagues to make the board’s land development activities more open. Why wouldn’t Mr. Ruiz support a more open and transparent land development process at the Coast District? Wouldn’t an open and public land development process best protect the interests of the community, the students, and the District? Hasn’t Ruiz learned anything after the community’s reaction to the Costco proposal?

    And, as president of the board, Mr. Ruiz delayed sharing a letter from State accreditors, with his fellow trustees. This letter placed Orange Coast College on a Warning status. And, at this time, Mr. Ruiz is doing nothing in his current leadership capacity on the board to oversee or correct, the deficiencies that prevail at Orange Coast , the flagship campus of the Coast Community College District. This is yet another reason why new leadership is needed on the board.

    Each of you are all intelligent, informed people. You have to make your own decisions about the elected officials that you want representing you on the Coast District board, but I hope you will take some of these comments into serious consideration this Fall on election day when you vote for your trustees.

  2. September 28, 2008 at 6:51 am

    What is the logic for backing Pulido over Martinez? I don’t see it. Santa Ana needs a change of administration badly. She has been a positive youth advocate, and a real grassroots neighborhood progressive. Yet the OCYD goes with the Pulido machine? Why? Is that simply the safe move?

  3. 42nd Undecided
    September 28, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    What about the 42nd Congressional District?

  4. September 28, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    There are a few races that were not included in the press release we received. Those endorsements were carried over from the primary. When we get the full list we will post it but I believe Ed Chau is endorsed in the 42nd, and Debbie Cook in the 46th.

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