Former Assemblywoman Young Kim leads fundraising among the announced candidates for the 4th Supervisor District seat of termed-out county Supervisor Shawn Nelson, according to campaign fundraising reports for the period January through June 30 of this year.
Kim, a Republican, reported raising $238,979 and spending $37,663. Her cash-on-hand balance totaled $207,070.
La Habra Mayor Pro Tem Tim Shaw, also a Republican, raised $53,513 and spent $10,724, and reported $47,529 cash-on-hand. He also has about $13,000 in his city council campaign account; while unclear if that is transferable, it can legally be used in ways that are helpful to his overall effort.
Joe Kerr, a Democrat and former president of the county firefighters union, garnered $81,174 in campaign contributions, $27,342 in expenditures and has 73,047 cash-on-hand.
As noted, those were their numbers on June 30 and don’t necessarily reflect the exact state of the campaign finances at this time. The next campaign reports are not due until the end of the year, and will cover campaign finance activity from July 1 through December 31, 2017.
Kim is endorsed by OC Supervisors Michelle Steel, Lisa Bartlett and Andrew Do, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, District Attorney Tony Rackauckus, Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen, Assessor Claude Parrish, a host of local elected officials and most Republican state legislators. Her general consultant is Gilliard, Blanning and Associates.
Shaw, who is government affairs director for the Pacific West Association of Realtors, has the backing of former state Senator Bob Huff, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, Anaheim Councilman James Vanderbilt; La Habra Councilmembers Mike Blazey, James Gomez and Tom Beamish; Placentia Mayor Craig Green and Councilmembers Jeremy Yamaguchi and Ward Smith. Shaw’s campaign consultant is Michael Johnson.
In recent weeks, Kerr has been endorsed by the unions representing County of Orange employees and OC Fire Authority firefighters; Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 652, and UA Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 582. He recently announced endorsements from Democrat Assemblyman Tom Daly; former Anaheim Councilwoman Lorri Galloway; and leftist Democrat Al Jabbar, a member of the Anaheim Union High School District Board of Education. Kerr’s general consultant is Derek Humphrey, a progressive Democrat strategist from Los Angeles.
Kerr recently moved to the 4th District from the wealthy South Orange County enclave of Coto de Caza, where he had lived for more than 15 years. Coto de Caza is the 5th Supervisor District, and his family continues to reside there.
Party registration in the 4th Supervisor District had been at parity for a number of years until a well-funded voter registration program opened a multi-point gap in favor of the Democrats: