State Rep. Jose Solorio was the lead endorsement on fliers distributed to promote Santa Ana Council member Michele Martinez’s campaign fundraiser as she announced her intention to replace him in the State Assembly. And while we have been hearing for some time that OC Clerk Record Tom Daly is going to run for the seat as well, he still hasn’t formally announced. Since Daly’s wife works for Solorio, political watchers were wondering what would happen when Daly got in the race.
Now we know. A dual endorsement.
Solorio, on responding to a question posed by Lucy Dunn on his Facebook page, in effect announced he’d also endorse Daly for the job when Daly formally declares.
It’s going to be interesting race. Union rep Julio Perez has an early edge in fundraising, endorsements from across the district, union support and money–but he’s never held office and is untested in a political campaign. Martinez has the support of the Santa Ana political establishment, but has a dual problem of that she’s been a Santa Ana Council member for the past five years and the city is facing dramatic budget issues that undermine her accomplishments and she’s never been a strong fundraiser; a race for state assembly is much different than running for a city council spot. Daly, the most experienced and established pol in the race, won’t have trouble raising money but many in the Democratic Party will need to be convinced that Daly is in it to win it.
So the race shapes up like this: Does Perez and Daly split the Anaheim vote or does Martinez and Perez split the Latino vote? We expect at least one Republican to get in the race and other candidates from Santa Ana are also considering a run that could further erode Martinez’s base. The debates for this seat are going to be fun.