Orange County Voter Guide

Orange County Voter Guide

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This Election 2018 Orange County Voter Guide will help you cut through the rhetoric, election propaganda and biased media coverage of the campaigns. This guide ranks every aspect of a candidate’s record according to experience, integrity and commitment to community.

Here you’ll find recommendations for:

  • Governor
  • Statewide Offices
  • Legislatures
  • Judges
  • Propositions and More!

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Every candidate is considered after thorough research; we also have a questionnaire for candidates to complete.

Here is our rating system:

  •  : The best candidate. Our strongest endorsement.
  • : Very good.
  • : Acceptable.
  • : Vote only to prevent worse candidate(s) from winning.
  • : Terrible. Do Not Vote. All your other votes will count.

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  • : Our endorsed candidate won.
  • : Our endorsed candidate lost.

General Election Recommendations

November 6th, 2018

Statewide Offices


  • John Cox (R)  
  • Gavin Newsom (D)

Lt. Governor

  • Ed Hernandez (D) 
  • Eleni Kounalakis (D)  

Important voting note:

Many are recommending Ed Hernandez to “strategically limit” evil. Why? Eleni Kounalakis is a socialist and probable governor/presidential candidate in the future. She is a powerful, more appealing Bernie Sanders. It would be best to defeat her now. Ed will never advance to a higher office.

Secretary of State

  • Mark Meuser (R)  
  • Alex Padilla (D)

State Controller

  • Konstantinos Roditis (R)  
  • Betty Yee (D)

Treasurer; California

  • Fiona Ma (D)
  • Greg Conlon (R)  

Attorney General; California

  • Steven Bailey (R)  
  • Xavier Becerra (D)

Insurance Commissioner

  • Ricardo Lara (D)
  • Steve Poizner (I)  

State Superintendent of Public Instruction

  • Tony Thurmond (D)
  • Marshall Tuck (D)  

U.S. Senator

  • Dianne Feinstein (D)  
  • Kevin de Leon (D) 

Important voting note:

Many recommend Dianne Feinstein over Kevin de Leon to “strategically limit” evil. They dislike the thought of voting for her, but de Leon is a socialist anti-family candidate. If elected, he could run another one or two terms. Feinstein will never run again. In addition, de Leon could be a vice presidential candidate – our first total socialist. He must be defeated and stopped from being senator for the next 18 years.

California Supreme Court

Court rating explanation here

California Supreme Court (Vote Yes/No)

  • Carol Corrigan: 7 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Yes  
  • Leondra Kruger: 3 (JI: 3, Q: 3) No  

California State Court of Appeal

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; Fourth District (Vote Yes/No)

Division 1

  • Joan Irion: 6 (JI: 5, Q: 8) No  
  • Cynthia Aaron: 5 (JI: 2, Q: 9) No  
  • Judith Haller: 8 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Yes  
  • Richard Huffman: 9 (JI: 8, Q: 9) Yes  
  • Patricia Benke: 9 (JI: 9, Q: 8) Yes  
  • Patricia Guerrero:4 (JI:1, Q:8) No  
  • William S. Dato: 4 (JI: 1, Q:8) No  

Division 2

  • Art McKinster: 8 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Yes  
  • Marsha Slough: 3 (JI: 2, Q: 5) No  
  • Douglas Miller: 8 (JI: 8, Q: 8) Yes  
  • Richard T. Fields: 5 (JI: 5, Q:5) No  

Division 3

  • Raymond Ikola: 7 (JI: 6, Q: 8) Yes  
  • David A. Thompason: 8 (JI: 6, Q: 9) Yes  
  • Thomas M. Goethals: 6 (JI: 3, Q: 9) No  

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Representative, 38th District 

  • Ryan Downing (R)  
  • Linda T. Sanchez (D)

U.S. Representative, 39th District

  • Gil Cisneros (D)
  • Young Kim (R)  

U.S. Representative, 45th District

  • Mimi Walters (R)  
  • Katie Porter (D)

U.S. Representative, 46th District

  • Russell Rene Lambert (R)  
  • Lou Correa (D)

U.S. Representative, 47th District

  • John Briscoe (R)  
  • Alan Lowenthal (D)

U.S. Representative, 48th District

  • Harley Rouda (D)
  • Dana Rohrabacher (R)  

U.S. Representative, 49th District

  • Diane L. Harkey (R)  
  • Mike Levin (D)

California State Senator

State Senator, 32nd District 

  • Bob J. Archuleta (D)
  • Rita Topalian (R)   

State Senator, 34th District

  • Janet Nguyen (R)  
  • Tom Umberg (D)

State Senator, 36th District 

  • Marggie Castellano (D)
  • Patricia C. Bates (R)  

California State Assembly

State Assembly, 55th District

  • Phillip Chen (R)  
  • Melissa Fazli (D)

State Assembly, 65th District

  • Sharon Quirk-Silva (D)
  • Alexandria “Alex” Coronado (R)  

State Assembly, 68th District 

  • Steven Choi (R)  
  • Michelle Duman (D)

State Assembly, 69th District

  • Tom Daly (D)
  • Autumn Browne (L)  

State Assembly, 72nd District

  • Josh Lowenthal (D)
  • Tyler Diep (R)  

State Assembly, 73rd District

  • William (Bill) Brough (R)  
  • Scott Rhinehart (D)

State Assembly, 74th District

  • Matthew Harper (R)  
  • Cottie Petrie-Norris (D)

California Board of Equalization

California Board of Equalization, Member, District 4

  • Mike Schaefer (D)
  • Joel Anderson (R)  

County Offices

County Supervisor, 4th District

  • Tim Shaw 
  • Doug Chaffee


  • Duke Nguyen
  • Don Barnes 

District Attorney-Public Administrator

  • Tony Rackauckas (Incumbent) 
  • Todd Spitzer


Aliso Viejo

  • David Harrington 
  • Garrett Dwyer 

Anaheim City Council, District 2

  • James Vanderbilt 

Anaheim City Council, District 3

  • Robert Nelson 

Anaheim City Council, District 6

  • Patricia “Patty” Gaby 

Anaheim Mayor

  • Cynthia Ward 

Brea City Council

  • Steve Varas 
  • Cecelia Hupp 
  • Steve Shatynski 

Buena Park City Council, District 1

  • Virginia Vaughn 

Buena Park City Council, District 2

  • Elizabeth Swift 

Buena Park City Council, District 5

  • Adonay Gutierrez 

Costa Mesa City Council, District 5

  • Allan Mansoor 

Cypress City Council

  • Stacy Berry – Incumbent
  • John Peat  – Incumbent
  • Paulo Morales – Incumbent

Dana Point City Council, District 1

  • Joe Muller 

Dana Point City Council, District 2

  • Richard Viczorek 

Dana Point City Council, District 3

  • Jamie Fredrico 

Fountain Valley City Council

  • Patrick Harper 
  • Kim Constantine 
  • Patrick Tucker 

Fullerton City Council, District 3

  • Greg Sebourn 

Fullerton City Council, District 5

  • John Ybarra 

Garden Grove City Council, District 1

  • Adam Degner 

Garden Grove City Council, District 4

  • Phat Bui 

Garden Grove Mayor

  • Steve Jones 

Huntington Beach City Attorney 

  • Michael Gates 

Huntington Beach City Council

  • Ron Sterud 
  • Erik Peterson 
  • Mike Posey 
  • Barbara Delgleize 

Irvine City Council

  • Anthony Kuo 
  • Carrie O’Malley 

Irvine Mayor

  • Don Wagner 

La Habra City Council

  • James Gomez 

La Palma City Council

  • Michele Steggell – Incumbent 
  • Garrett Wade 

Laguna Beach City Council

  • Peter Blake

Laguna Hills City Council

  • Erica Pezold 
  • David Wheeler 
  • Don Sedgwick 

Laguna Niguel City Council

  • Fred Minagar 
  • Elaine Gennawey 
  • Sandy Rains (Short-term Seat) 

Laguna Woods City Council

  • Judith Troutman 
  • Joe Rainey 

Lake Forest City Council, District 2

  • Neeki Moatazedi 

Lake Forest City Council, District 3

  • Scott Voigts 

Lake Forest City Council, District 4

  • Mark Tettemer 

Los Alamitos City Council

  • Dean Grose 
  • Shelley Hasselbrink 
  • Warren Kusumoto 

Mission Viejo City Council

  • Ed Sachs 
  • Greg Rath 
  • Wendy Bucknum 

Newport Beach City Council, District 1

  • Mike Glenn 

Newport Beach City Council, District 3

  • Marshall “Duffy” Duffield

Newport Beach City Council, District 4

  • Kevin Muldoon 

Newport Beach City Council, District 6

  • Scott Peotter 

Orange City Council

  • Chip Monaco 
  • Kimberlee Nichols 

Orange Mayor

  • Mark Murphy 

Placentia City Council, District 2

  • Craig Green 

Placentia City Council, District 4

  • Chad Wanke 

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council

  • Brad McGirr 
  • Anne Figueroa 
  • Shawn Gordon 

San Clemente City Council

  • Laura Ferguson 
  • Dan Bane 
  • Gene James 

San Juan Capistrano City Council, District 2

  • Kimberly McCarthy 

San Juan Capistrano City Council, District 3

  • Pam Patterson 

San Juan Capistrano City Council, District 4

  • Jeff Vasquez
  • John Taylor

Santa Ana City Council, Ward 2

  • Miguel Gonzales 

Santa Ana City Council, Ward 6

  • Cecilia Iglesias 

Seal Beach City Council, District 1

  • Peter Amundson 

Seal Beach City Council, District 3

  • Mike Varipapa 

Stanton City Council, District 1

  • Rigoberto A. Ramirez 

Stanton City Council, District 3

  • Loreen Berlin 

Stanton Mayor

  • David Shawver 

Tustin City Council

  • Austin Lumbard 

Villa Park City Council

  • Robert Collacott 
  • Diana Fascenelli 

Westminster City Council

  • Amy West 
  • Chi Charlis Nguyen 

Westminster Mayor

  • Tri Ta 

Yorba Linda City Council

  • Peggy Huang 
  • Carlos Rodriquez 

Educational Offices


Coast Community College, Area 1

  • Dom Pham 

Rancho Santiago College, Area 6

  • Phillip Yarbrough 

SO OC Community College District, Area 2

  • Thomas Prendergast (Incumbent) 

School Districts

Anaheim Union High School District, Area 1

  • Linda Lobatos 

Anaheim Union High School District, Area 2

  • Harald Martin 

Anaheim Union High School District, Area 5

  • Vernon Beckett 

Brea Olinda Unified School District

  • Jo Aceves (Short-term Seat) 

Fullerton JT Union High School District, Area 4

  • Chris Thompson 

Fullerton JT Union High School District, Area 5

  • Marilyn Buchi 

Huntington Beach Union High School District

  • Duane Dishno 
  • Saul Edward Lankster 

Garden Grove Unified School District, Area 4

  •  Bod Harden 

Irvine Unified School District, Area 2

  • Sharon Wallin

Irvine Unified School District, Area 4

  • Irv Glasky 

Laguna Beach Unified School District

  • Howard Hill  (Write-In Candidate)

Los Alamitos Unified School District

  • Jeff Barke 
  • Diana Hill 

Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Area 2

  • Charlene Metoyer 

Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Area 4

  • Dr. Gina Nick 

Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Area 5

  • Michelle Barto 

Orange Unified School District, Area 1

  • Sandra Angel 

Orange Unified School District, Area 5

  • Tim Surridge 

Orange Unified School District, Area 7

  • Rick Ledesma 

Saddleback Valley Unified School District

  • Greg Kunath 

Santa Ana Unified School District

  • Angie Cano 
  • Arturo Pedroza 

Tustin Unified School District, Area 5

  • Johnathan Abelove 

Anaheim Elementary School District, Area 2

  • Jeff Cole 

Anaheim Elementary School District, Area 4

  • Mark Lopez 

Anaheim Elementary Scholl District, Area 5

  • Shaun Dove 

Fountain Valley School District

  • Jim Cunneen 
  • Sandra Crandall 
  • Jennifer Weimer 

Fullerton School District, Area 3

  • Beverly Berryman 

Huntington Beach City School District

  • Paul Morrow 

Lowell Joint School District, Trustee Area 2

  • Bill Hinz 

Lowell Joint School District, Trustee Area 4

  • Karen Shaw 

Ocean View School District

  • John Briscoe 
  • Gracey Van Der Mark 

Westminster School District, Area 2

  • Xavier Nguyen 

Special Districts

El Toro Ranch Water District

  • Federick Adjarian 
  • Kathryn Freshley 

Irvine Ranch Water District

  • Doug Reinhart – Incumbent
  • Steve Lamar – Incumbent
  • Peer Swan – Incumbent

Mesa Consolidated Water District

  • Division 3 – Marice Depasquale 
  • Division 5 – Shawn Dewane 

Midway City Sanitary District

  • Margie Rice 

Moulton-Niguel Water District

  • Donald R. Froelich 
  • Kelly Jennings 
  • Ken Maddox 

Orange County Water District

  • Division 1 – Dina Nguyen 
  • Division 5 – Steve Sheldon
  • Division 7  – Shawn Dewane 

Municipal Water District of OC, Division 1

  • Brett Barbre 

South Coast Water District

  • Bill Green 
  • Dennis Erdman 

Yorba Linda Water District

  • Phil Hawkins 
  • Al Nederhood 
  • Brooke Jones 


Proposition 1

Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act

  • A Yes Vote: The state will sell $4 (8) billion in bonds for affordable housing.
  • No Vote: The state will not sell bonds.

Recommendation: Vote No 

Proposition 2

No Place Like Home Act

  • Yes Vote: The state can use mental health funds for housing for the homeless.
  • No Vote: The state cannot use the funds.

Recommendation: Vote No 

(The Biggest Taxpayer Rip Off Award 2018)

Proposition 3

Bonds for Water

  • Yes Vote: The state can sell $8.9 (17 billion) in bonds to fund water and environmental projects.
  • A No Vote: The state cannot sell bonds.

Recommendation: Vote No 

Proposition 4

Bonds for Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s Health Care

  • Yes Vote: The state can sell $1.5 (3 billion) in bonds for the construction, expansion, renovation, and equipping of certain hospitals that treat children.
  • No Vote: The state cannot sell bonds.

Recommendation: Vote No 

Proposition 5

Homeowners Tax Base Replacement Initiative (Prop 13)

  • Yes Vote: All homeowners who are over 55 (or who meet other qualifications) would be eligible for property tax savings when they move to a different house.
  • No Vote: Homeowners who are over 55 would not see a continuation of Proposition 13 benefits if they move to a different home.

Recommendation: Vote Yes 

Proposition 6

Gas Tax

  • Yes Vote: Gas and vehicle taxes recently passed by the Legislature would be eliminated.
  • A No Vote: Gas and vehicle taxes recently passed by the Legislature would continue to be in effect.

Recommendation: Vote Yes 

Proposition 7

Daylight Saving Time

  • Yes Vote: The Legislature, with a two-thirds vote, could change daylight saving time if the change is allowed by the federal government.
  • No Vote: California would maintain its current daylight saving time period, early March to early November.

Recommendation: Vote No 

Proposition 8

Regulation and Price Control of Kidney Dialysis Clinics

  • Yes Vote: Kidney dialysis clinics would have their revenues limited by a formula and could be required to pay rebates to certain parties (primarily health insurance companies) that pay for dialysis treatment.
  • No Vote: Kidney dialysis clinics would operate without the extra control.

Recommendation: Vote No 

(The Most Deceptive Proposition of 2018 Award) 

Proposition 10

Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property

  • Yes Vote: State law would not limit the kinds of rent control laws cities and counties could have.
  • No Vote: State law would continue to limit the kinds of rent control laws cities and counties could have.

Recommendation: Vote No 

Proposition 11

Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain on Call During Work Breaks

  • Yes Vote: Private ambulance companies could continue their current practice of having emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics stay on-duty during their meal and rest breaks in order to respond to 911 calls.
  • No Vote: Private ambulance companies would be subject to labor laws for this industry. Based on a recent court decision, these laws likely would require ambulance companies to provide EMTs and paramedics with off-duty meal and rest breaks that cannot be interrupted by 911 call.

Recommendation: Vote Yes 

Proposition 12

New Standards for Confinement of Certain Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Certain Non-Complying Products

  • Yes Vote: There would be new minimum requirements on farmers to provide more space for egg-laying hens, breeding pigs, and calves raised for veal.
  • No Vote: Current minimum space requirements for confining animals would continue to apply.

Recommendation: Vote No 

City and County Ballot Measures

Los Alamitos Unified School District

  • Measure G – Technology Upgrade Bond – Recommendation: Vote No

Newport-Mesa Unified School District

  • Measure H – Newport-Mesa Unified School District Trustee Term Limit – Recommendation: Vote Yes

Santa Ana School District

  • Measure I – Bond for Science and Math Upgrades – Recommendation: Vote No

City of Anaheim

  • Measure J – Referendum Measure Approving Development Agreement No. 2016-00001 – Recommendation: Vote No
  • Measure K – Referendum Measure Approving Development Agreement No. 2016-00002 – Recommendation: Vote No
  • Measure L – Increase Minimum Wage for Certain Employees – Recommendation: Vote No

City of Cypress

  • Measure M – Rezones 3.86 Acres Located at 5081 Orange Avenue from PS-1A Public/Semi-Public to PC Planning Community (PC-14) in Compliance with Measure D – Recommendation: Vote No

City of Garden Grove

  • Measure O – Public Safety/9-1-1 and Vital City Service Measure – Recommendation: Vote No 

City of Laguna Beach

  • Measure P – Laguna Beach Utility Undergrounding and Fire Safety Measure – Recommendation: Vote No

City of Lake Forest

  • Measure Q – Advisory Vote Only Converts from By-District to At-Large Council Elections – Recommendation: Vote Yes
  • Measure R – At-Large City Council Elections – Recommendation: Vote Yes
  • Measure S – City Council Term Limit – Recommendation: Vote Yes

City of Newport

  • Measure T – Recommendation: Vote Yes

City of Placentia

  • Measure U – 911/Essential Services – Recommendation: Vote No

City of San Clemente

  • Measure V – San Clemente, Initiatives for Election of City Council Members by District – Recommendation: Vote No
  • Measure W – San Clemente, Increase in “Hotel” Guest Tax – Recommendation: Vote No

City of Santa Ana

  • Measure X – General Sales Tax Measure – Recommendation: Vote No
  • Measure Y – Commercial Cannabis Business License Tax – Recommendation: Vote Yes
  • Measure Z – Charter Amendment Measure – Recommendation: Vote Yes
  • Measure AA – By Ward Elections – Recommendation: Vote No

City of Seal Beach

  • Measure BB – Transaction and Use Fee – Recommendation: Vote No

City of Tustin

  • Measure CC – Increase Transient Occupancy Tax – Recommendation: Vote No

Lowell Joint School District

  • Measure LL – Recommendation: Vote No
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