The ripple effects from Rep. Ed Royce’s decision to no seek re-election continue spreading.
Royce’s retirement announcement spurred former Assemblywoman Young Kim to end her 4th District Supervisor campaign and run instead for Royce’s seat – with Royce’s support. Kim was a front-runner for that seat, so her departure left a vacuum. Yesterday, Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring announced she jumping into race for that seat:
Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring announced her campaign for Orange County Board of Supervisors 4th District.
Most recently, Lucille was overwhelmingly reelected to the Anaheim City Council in 2016, Councilwoman Kring has served on the Anaheim City Council for more than 10 years and was Mayor Pro Tem in 2015 and 2016.
“I look forward to bringing my local government experience and public policy successes to the Board of Supervisors,” Kring said. “As Orange County Supervisor, I will stand up for the taxpayers just as I have for the citizens of Anaheim. We will keep Orange County safe from growing crime, address the surge in homelessness and fix the nonstop traffic choking our region.”
A former teacher, and small business owner, Kring has been active in the community with organizations including Anaheim Beautiful, Anaheim Regional Medical Center, Anaheim Family YMCA, Cops 4 Kids and Orange County Vector Control District.
Kring has been endorsed by her Anaheim City Council colleagues, Kris Murray and Stephen Faessel.
Lucille and her husband Ron have lived in Orange County since 1989. They are active in their church and in their free time enjoy gardening, cooking and traveling. They enjoy spending time with their two rescue animals a dog and a cat.
The seat is currently held by termed-out Supervisor Shawn Nelson, who was planning to run for Superior Court but has also switched to running for CD39.
The other announced candidates for the 4th Supervisor District are La Habra Mayor and OCTA Director Tim Shaw; La Habra Councilwoman Rose Espinoza; former OC firefighters union president Joe Kerr; and La Habra City School District Trustee Cynthia Aguirre. Kring and Shaw are Republicans, while Kerr, Espinoza and Aguirre are Democrats.
While a relatively late entry into the race, working to Kring’s advantage is the fact that Anaheim is the largest city in the district, in which she has been on the ballot numerous times for the past twenty years. She has been a strong advocate of economic development, public safety and enforcing the city ordinance against camping in public parks.
Democrats have enjoyed a significant registration advantage in the 4th District for the last two years, thanks to a massive and unanswered registration drive funded by billionaire Tom Steyer:
2018 will be the first election held in the 4th Supervisor District since partisan registration went from parity between the major parties to a distinct Democrat advantage. Kerr, who moved into the district from the exclusive, affluent Coto de Caza community in South County several months ago, is the government union candidate in the race. He is banking on union dollars and strong Democrat turnout.
Kring was re-elected to the city council in 2016 and has a “free ride” to seek the supervisor seat.