Today is Election Day in central Orange County to replace First District Supervisor Janet Nguyen who in December moved on to Sacramento as the 34th District State Senator. The election is likely to be a very low turnout election, around 20 percent of registered voters. Polls will be open, in the district which stretches from Santa Ana westward into Garden Grove, Westminster, Midway City, and Fountain Valley, from 7 am to 8 pm.
Former State Senator Lou Correa, the only Democrat in the race to replace Janet Nguyen on the County Board of Supervisors, was nearly a unanimously-endorsed candidate for the special election seat but his bid for 100 percent party support was foiled by disgraced former North County vice chair Greg Diamond who objected to an endorsement…
Lou Correa, the termed-out State Senator, and former First District County Supervisor, will be running in the special election to be held in February or March to complete the remaining two years of Supervisor Janet Nguyen’s term as First District Supervisor after she moves on the the State Senate. Nguyen, who replaced Correa in 2007 after he was elected to the Senate, crushed RSCCD President Jose Solorio by 20 percentage points in Tuesday’s general election to replace Correa as the 34th District Senator.
A tipster tells us that one member of the Santa Ana City Council is likely to challenge Janet Nguyen in 2012 for the First District supervisor’s race. With councilmember Vince Sarmiento being touted as the candidate likely to run for Rep. Jose Solorio’s Assembly seat, we’ve narrowed it down to Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez, Councilman Sal Tinajero or Councilwoman Michelle Martinez.