Irvine Mayor Wins OC Supervisor Special Election

After the blue wave crashed over Orange County in November republicans have gained some ground back with Don Wagner winning the special election for the county’s 3rd Supervisorial District last week. The seat was vacated by Todd Spitzer after being elected Orange County District Attorney last November.

Wagner beat six challengers including former Anaheim Councilmember Kris Murray and former Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. The results currently have Wagner leading Sanchez by 3,518 votes, more than the amount still left to count.

The republican hold in this district should come to no surprise as it has been represented by a republican for decades. However, republicans could have been aided by low turnout with only 21% of registered voters submitting ballots for this election. Democrats will have an opportunity to make another attempt at this seat in March 2020 when voters will decided on the next full four year term. The district covers Irvine, Tustin, Villa Park, Orange, Anaheim Hills, Yorba Linda and unincorporated territory.

With Wagner’s departure Irvine will have to fill the Mayor’s seat. They have not yet decided how to approach the vacancy but city rules allow the council to appoint one of their own members to serve or hold a special election. Mayor’s in Irvine serve for two year, and Wagner had just been re-elected in November.


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