Congratulations to Assemblyman-elect Chris Norby, and don’t the let the door kick you in the butt on your way out of the County Office Building (and do try to stay for the entire meeting of every committee you’re on instead of bolting early). With Norby’s exit, a special election must be held to replace him and while Shawn Nelson will be the Republican choice, his weak record as a Fullerton Council member coupled with the middle class electorate of the 4th District means this seat is ripe for a progressive candidate – but which one.
Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly, Anaheim Council member Lorri Galloway and La Habra Council member Rose Espinoza are all candidates for this seat.Â But three Democrats are two too many and uniting behind a single candidate is the only way this seat goes blue.Â
All eyes are on Tom Daly to make a firm committment that he’s in the race to win or he’ll try to get re-elected to his Clerk-Recorder seat.Â Technically, because the BoS seat is a special election, Daly might be able to run for both, but voters don’t like that sort of thing. Espinoza, who’s had an effective career as a council member in La Habra, trails in the money race.Â Anaheim Council member Lorri Galloway maintains she has the strongest support when in comes to union rank-and-file families in her district and those families translate into votes.Â
Any of these three excellent candidates would be superior to Nelson.Â Which reflects well on the recruitment efforts undertaken by the DPOC years ago to develop a strong farm team.Â It’s going to be a fun race to watch.