Supervisor Todd Spitzer’s election as Orange County District Attorney will precipitate a special election, likely sometime in March 2019, to fill the remainder of his term representing the 3rd Supervisor District. Earlier this year, Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray declared her candidacy for the 3rd District seat, and last week announced her intention to run in the special election.
Today, she picked up the support of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, which announced its endorsement of her candidacy:
“The Board of Supervisors makes major decisions on transportation, infrastructure, and regional policies that affect Orange County businesses and residents,” said Todd Ament, President and CEO of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce. “Kris Murray is the best qualified and most experienced candidate to replace Todd Spitzer on the Board of Supervisors and will be an exceptional board member.”
During her 8-year tenure on the Anaheim City Council, Kris Murray has led council actions to attract $6 billion in new economic development, restore the Anaheim Police Department sworn personnel to pre-recession levels, invest hundreds of millions in Anaheim neighborhoods, and led policies to expand city service levels and keep city taxes among the lowest in Orange County. Kris Murray also chaired the Anaheim Chamber Economic Partnership and the Anaheim/Orange County Job Fair.
“Kris has represented Orange County for nearly a decade on regional issues, including successful programs to serve the homeless and eliminate years of blighted encampments along the Santa Ana River Trail, restoring the bike trails and open space for public use. She has been an instrumental leader pushing businesses forward, championing economic development, and leading on policies that grow jobs in our city and county,” said Ross McCune, Chairman of the Anaheim Chamber. “We strongly support her candidacy for the Orange County Board of Supervisors.”
“The Orange County business community is a huge part of my winning coalition,” said Murray. “My record of working with them to bring jobs to the area and work closely with small businesses is something I am extremely proud of doing for our community.”
There is no run-off in the special election: the top vote-getter wins. It is expected to be a crowded field: Irvine Mayor Don Wagner, former Irvine Councilwoman Beth Krom; and former 39th Congressional candidate Andy Thorburn – a Democrat and Villa Park resident – have stated they will run. Thorburn’s website lists endorsements from several unions and left-wing politicians.
Orange Mayor-elect Mark Murphy is expected to run, and other possible candidates include Assemblyman and former Irvine Mayor Steven Choi, as well as Yorba Linda Councilmember Peggy Huang. Another names that has surfaced is former Democratic Representative Loretta Sanchez, who lives in Orange.
The 3rd District includes Anaheim Hills and all or parts of Irvine, Mission Viejo, Orange, Tustin, Villa Park, Yorba Linda, and unincorporated areas of El Modena, Fairlynn, North Tustin, Cowan Heights, Crawford Canyon, Lemon Heights, Panorama Heights, Olive, Orange Park Acres, The Canyons, Modjeska Canyon, Santiago Canyon, Silverado Canyon, Trabuco Canyon.
The partisan breakdown is 34.5% Republican, 31.4% Democrat and 29.3% No Party Preference.