Doug Chaffee Wins Election to Orange County Board of Supervisors
The "blue wave" that swept Orange County during the 2018 midterms has now extended to the Board of Supervisors where a Democrat has won election for the first time in 12 years.
Fullerton Mayor Doug Chaffee has secured the race for the District 4 seat currently occupied by Republican Shawn Nelson, according to the Orange County Registrar of voters. He beat out La Habra Mayor Tim Shaw, with 76,859 votes (50.4%) to Shaw’s 75,537 (49.6%).
“I want to thank my family, friends, and community for their confidence in me and support,” Chaffee said in a statement. “I could not have won this without everyone’s effort, this truly was a community effort. I ran an honest, positive campaign based on the issues and I am glad voters responded to that. I look forward to serving the people of the 4th supervisorial district.”
Chaffee is a native of Anaheim. Before joining the Fullerton City Council, he served as Special Projects Manager for the Anaheim Community Development Department. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Redlands and a JD from Northwestern Law School.
Orange County’s District 4 includes parts of Anaheim, Brea, parts of Buena Park, Fullerton, La Habra, and Placentia. The supervisor’s seat has been occupied by Nelson, now termed-out, for the past eight years.
Democrats, including Chaffee, are believed to have been helped by record-high turnout in the county. 71.0% of registered voters cast ballots this November, making it the highest-turnout midterm election since 1970. Democrats were able to flip all four of the county’s Republican-held congressional seats along with two state legislative seats, and now the 4th District.