Retired and termed-out politicians are responding to Rep. Ed Royce’s retirement announcement like cats to cat-nip.
The latest to jump into the fray are Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson and former state Senator Bob Huff. They join former Assemblywoman Young Kim – who has been endorsed by Royce – and politically unknown La Mirada Councilman Andrew Sarega.
Nelson is facing being forced from elective office at the end of the year by term limits. He had been hunting for a Superior Court seat in which to run, but even then he might have to share the ballot with an assistant district attorney – and candidates with that ballot title are difficult to defeat. The 4th Supervisor District – which Nelson has represented since 2010 – covers much of CD49. Nelson also has roots in the district, having served as a Fullerton City Councilmember before moving up to the Board of Supervisors.
Former Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff was termed out in 2016 and was defeated in his bid for the LA County Board of Supervisors. It’s a good bet he will again be the target of independent expenditures funded by savings and loan heir Howard Ahmanson, who holds a grudge against Huff for his support for redevelopment.
Rep. Mimi Walters Endorses Young Kim
Young Kim’s campaign announced she has been endorsed by a member of the OC congressional delegation who is not retiring: Rep. Mimi Walters.
“Young Kim will provide the people of the 39th district the same brand of energetic, enthusiastic and dedicated representation they have grown accustomed to with Ed Royce,” said Walters. “Young knows the district and the issues and she knows how to put together a winning campaign.”