Five Candidates Are Competing in Orange County’s Special Election Next Week

Voters in Orange County’s 2nd District are less than one week away from a special election that could alter the ideological makeup of the Board of Supervisors.

There are five candidates competing for the seat previously held by Michelle Steel, who is now serving in the House of Representatives.

Although the Board is officially nonpartisan, Republicans held a 4-1 majority before Steel’s departure. The addition of another Democrat would make for a more divided body, as it debates contentious issues like vaccines, homelessness, and balancing the county’s $7.5-billion budget.

The five candidates for District 2 are:

  • John Moorlach, former state senator and former District 2 supervisor, a Republican
  • Janet Rappaport, an international tax attorney, who is nonpartisan
  • Fountain Valley Mayor Michael Vo, a Republican
  • Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley, who has been endorsed by the Democratic Party of Orange County
  • Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Muldoon, a Republican

The winner will serve out the remainder of Steel’s term, which ends in 2022.

Read more about the candidates and their platforms here.