For those reading the tea leaves for the November city council election in Irvine, you’re best indication of how things might go can be found in the Central Committee races for the OC GOP and the Democratic Party of Orange County. In AD-68, city council candidate Melissa Fox led the pack with 21,670 votes as of Tuesday, or 22.4%. In AD-74, which covers Central and South Irvine, city council candidate Farrah Khan came in 5th with 16,149 votes or 13.5%. An impressive showing for both made more impressive by what many believe will be a heavy Hillary Clinton voting turnout in a city that has a significant Democratic Party voting advantage over Republicans who have Donald Trump at the top fo the ticket.
On the Republican side, Irvine Mayor Steven Choi finished 3rd and Council member Jeff Lalloway finished 6th with 15,262 and 13,853 votes respectively. Now you might think, that’s competitive with the Democrats?
Choi is likely to be on the ballot for State Assembly, and win or lose, he’s off the city council. Lalloway isn’t running this year as he was re-elected in 2014. Katherine Daigle finished just out of th running in AD-74 with 12,138 votes for Central Committee or 6.2 percent. She’s run twice before in the city and came in third in a three horse race for AD-74. But Irvine Republicans ought to know Daigle just might be their strongest candidate for city council this November.
And consider Anthony Kuo (Lying Tony for a number of reasons I won’t get into here). He’s a planning commissioner for Mayor Steven Choi and is a candidate for Irvine City Council. Kuo ran for Central Committee too. How did he do? Kuo was 15 out of 15 candidates — dead last with 7,149 votes as of Monday night. Cripes, even Paul Lucas got more votes for the DPOC Central Committee spots in AD-68 than Kuo did in a losing effort.
Now our spies tell us council member “corrupt” Christina Shea attended the Donald Trump rally in Costa Mesa; Shea’s biggest supporter on the Council is Choi who has come out as a full Trump supporter with his one campaign piece mimicking Trump’s slogan of “Make America Great:” Can we lump Choi, Shea and Shea’s Commissioners into the Donald Trump camp?
Does Kuo strike fear in the heart of Irvine Democratic Candidates? Absolutely not. Does Shea? No. The big blue turnout makes have coattails for Hillary Clinton that will be enough to carry Democrats back to the majority in Irvine.