4th Supervisor District: Union Candidate Joe Kerr’s Residency Questioned

[Cross-posted from OC Daily]

On Monday, former county firefighters union president Joe Kerr announced he would run for the 4th Supervisor District seat.

However, according to publicly-available evidence, Kerr doesn’t live in the 4th District in north-central Orange County, but is a resident Coto De Caza in the 5th Supervisor District.

Search engines turn up the same address for Kerr: 29 Palma Valley (sometimes as in Trabuco, other times in Coto de Caza; both are adjacent unincorporated communities). The same address turns up for his wife, as well.

Kerr is currently registered to vote at the same address, and has been since 2000.

OC Daily has made several attempts to contact Kerr campaign consultant Derek Humphrey by phone and e-mail to obtain clarification about whether Kerr still lives in the 5th District, or whether he has moved to the 4th District; no response thus far.

Residency is governed by the location of one’s domicile — where one goes home to, where one’s family lives, where one plans to stay.

This would not be the first time a candidate has re-located or changed their official domicile in order to run for the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

In 2007, former Assemblyman Tom Umberg ran in the 1st Supervisor District special election – even though he lived in Villa Park in the 3rd Supervisor District. Umberg had registered to vote in Santa Ana in 2003 in order to run for the Assembly in 2004, and remained registered there when he ran for state Senate in 2006. Though considered the front-runner by many, Umberg finished third, losing to then Garden Grove Councilwoman Janet Nguyen.

In 2010, two Anaheim city councilmembers, Harry Sidhu and Lorri Galloway, ran for the 4th Supervisor District seat. Both lived in Anaheim Hills in the 3rd Supervisor District, but rented homes in the 4th District. Galloway failed to make the run-off, while Sidhu lost the November run-off to then-Fullerton Councilman Shawn Nelson.

Board of Equalization member Michelle Steel moved from Rancho Palos Verdes to Huntington Beach in late 2011, in order to run for the 2nd Supervisor District seat when incumbent John Moorlach was termed out in 2014. She handily defeated then-Assemblyman Allan Mansoor.

While Steel actually moved her family into the district, and did so a few years before the election, in the other instances it was a tactical move (that may well have become permanent if their elections had turned out differently).

Carpetbagging is a tripwire issue for Tony Bushala, the rich, eccentric Fullerton real estate developer. Bushala has become known for plastering north county with terse “NO (fill in name here); CARPETBAGGER” campaign signs – most recently going after Sukhee Kang, the former Irvine councilman who moved to Fullerton to run for the 29th Senate District. Bushala was the first to publicly note that Kerr lives in Coto de Caza and is already queuing up the emblematic yard sign:




  1. I have known Joe Kerr for many years, and he is one of the most honest, ethical, clear-thinking people I have ever met. He would bring a great deal of common sense and intelligence to the Board of Supervisors. I sincerely hope that the voters ignore the noise, get to know him, and do the right thing.

    • Moving to a new community for the sole purpose of political gain is not ethical. It’s also not honest.

      Clear thinking and intelligent voters will reject this poser.

      • Couldn’t agree with you more. Moving in to a district for political gain is unethical. This is some bullshit. The Orange County Democratic Party needs to get their head of their ass and so does OCEA.

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