Santa Ana Council member and fourth place finisher in the AD-69 primary Michele Martinez issued the following statement upon the conclusion of her campaign.
The End of The Road! Orange County Unoffical Ballot Count Complete…
After a long, hard-fought and integrity-filled battle, our journey has come to an end. I am very proud of the efforts that my campaign has put forth as we took on the challenges that we faced daily. In politics you must always prepared for a little heartbreak – and while it’s unfortunate that we will not be moving on, I have absolutely no regrets.
When I started this campaign I was determined to run a campaign that was free of the negativity and polarization that we find so often in politics these days and I’m thrilled that we never waivered from that idea. And while we fell a bit short it was truly an inspiring journey.
I would like to thank my staff, volunteers, and supporters for your dedication and confidence throughout this journey. I’m honored and humbled by your willingness to spend your energy, time and money to help my cause. I’m proud to have been able to work with everyone involved and I truly hope that you all come away with the experience that motivates you to stay active in your communities and continue to have a voice.
My love for this community hasn’t wavered and I will continue to serve it to the best of my ability as a member of the Santa Ana City Council. I will continue to challenge our leaders to make the decisions necessary to make our community a better place to live and I look forward to seeing you all on the front lines with me!
Councilwoman Michele Martinez
Our two cents here. Martinez got a lot of bad advice during this campaign. She needs more experience and needs to demonstrate a greater understanding of financial issues before seeking a higher office than City Council. She cannot go before different groups and proclaim “she’ll talk with anyone” and then pick and chose who she’ll speak with. From discussions with our peers in the OC media community, Martinez needs a better grasp of the concept of “off the record” and how, at times when she asks a question, it appears it’s more of a “she has no idea” question instead of something more rhetorical that a more seasoned politician would ask as a device to communicate a message. Asking city staff for an explanation of the city’s lower bond rating is a good example of that.
That said, we think Martinez could be an effective member of the city council by turning back to the Michele Martinez of 2006 and 2008 and not the Michele Martinez of 2010. Sometimes, it’s more important to vote on principal even if you come up short than to go along as a reliable rubber stamp vote.
Our friends at OC Political claim that Martinez was the spoiler for Julio Perez, that she and not Paco Barragan siphoned off enough Latino votes to keep Perez off of the top two spots. Perez was among the first to jump into the race as far back as June 2011; Martinez made a Facebook announcement in August and formally announced in September 2011.But she wans’t the spoiler.
The reality is the only spoiler in this race for the most Latino assembly district in the state was the Latino voters who didn’t come out to vote. In some of the more heavily Latino populated wards, some voter behavior wonks told us that turnout was a low as 11 percent.
So when only one of four registered voters actually bothered to vote, Latino voters failed Latino candidates. It’s that simple.