Orange County Voting Guide


Carl DeMaio and Reform California have released their “Plain English” voter guide to give you an easy-to-understand explanation of the ballot measures and grade candidates running in Orange County.  

California’s Primary Election is underway and ballots must be returned by June 7, 2022. With a bunch of confusing ballot measures and hundreds of candidates running for office, voters can feel overwhelmed and lost.  

This “Plain English” voter guide makes voting simple – especially when it comes to the ballot measures and local offices that do not allow candidates to disclose their party affiliation. Endorsements below are given only to candidates who “passed the test” on these crucial criteria: opposing taxes, fighting crime, improving schools, creating jobs, and defending personal freedoms. 

2022 offers a real chance for a wave election to block costly tax hikes and elect common-sense leaders - but to do that we need your help in turning out your friends, family and neighbors to vote and share this easy-to-understand voter guide with them! 

Statewide Candidate Races 

  • Governor - Brian Dahle 
  • Lt. Governor - Angela Underwood Jacobs 
  • Attorney General - Nathan Hochman  
  • Treasurer - Andrew Do  
  • Controller - Lahnee Chen  
  • Secretary of State - Rob Bernosky 
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction - Lance Christensen   
  • State Insurance Commissioner - Greg Conlon 
  • State Board of Equalization - Denis Bilodeau 

US Senate and US House 

  • US Senate - Mark Meuser  
  • US Congress - District 40 - Young Kim 
  • US Congress - District 45 - Michelle Park Steel 
  • US Congress - District 47 - Scott Baugh 
  • US Congress - District 49 - Anyone but Mike Levin 

State Legislature 

  • State Senate – District 36 - Janet Nguyen 
  • State Senate – District 38 - Matt Gunderson 
  • State Assembly – District 59 - Phillip Chen 
  • State Assembly – District 64 - Raul Ortiz 
  • State Assembly – District 67 - Soo Yoo 
  • State Assembly – District 68 - Mike Tardif 
  • State Assembly – District 70 - Ted Bui  
  • State Assembly – District 71 - Kate Sanchez 
  • State Assembly – District 72 - Diane Dixon 
  • State Assembly – District 73 - Steve Choi  
  • State Assembly – District 74 - Laurie Davies 

Superior Court Candidate Races 

  • Superior Court Judge – Office No. 5 - Claudia C. Alvarez 
  • Superior Court Judge – Office No. 9 - Christopher Duff 
  • Superior Court Judge – Office No. 11 - Shawn Nelson 
  • Superior Court Judge – Office No. 21 - Erin Beltran Rowe 
  • Superior Court Judge – Office No. 22 - Brahim Baytieh 
  • Superior Court Judge – Office No. 28 - Eric Scarbrough 
  • Superior Court Judge – Office No. 30 - Peggy Huang 
  • Superior Court Judge – Office No. 33 - Steve McGreevy 
  • Superior Court Judge – Office No. 45 - Israel Claustro 

County Candidate Races 

  • County of Orange – Board of Supervisors District 2 - Jon Dumitru 
  • County of Orange – Board of Supervisors District 4 - Steven C. Vargas 
  • County of Orange – Board of Supervisors District 5 - Pat Bates or Diane Harkey 
  • County Superintendent of Schools - Dr. Stefan Bean 
  • Member, County Board of Education, Trustee Area 2 - Mari Barke 
  • Member, County Board of Education, Trustee Area 4, Short Term - Tim Shaw 
  • Member, County Board of Education, Trustee Area 5 - Lisa Sparks 
  • County Assessor - Claude Parrish 
  • County Auditor - Controller - Andrew Hamilton 
  • County Clerk - Recorder - Hugh Nguyen 
  • County District Attorney - Todd Spitzer 
  • Sheriff - Coroner - Don Barnes 
  • Treasurer-Tax Collector - Shari Friedenrich 

Ballot Measures 

City Of Huntington Beach 

  • Measure A Cannabis Tax Measure      NO 

The Cannabis Tax Measure is a giant new tax on Huntington Beach residents. The measure aims to create a special tax that is “not-to-exceed" 6% (meaning it will be 6%) on cannabis sales. Officials claim the money will go to “homeless” programs, but that claim is dubious and the money could potentially be diverted somewhere else. A “NO” vote rejects this tax increase. 

City Of Newport Beach  

  • Measure B Direct Election of the Mayor by the Voters         YES 

This measure would make the mayor directly elected by voters, rather than the current practice of allowing council members to select the mayor. A “YES” vote will allow voters to have a direct say in the head of the city government and the priorities brought forth in the city council’s agenda. It will also allow for more consistent leadership, rather than the position rotating every year. Directly electing the mayor removes an element of executive power from the hands of politicians — and gives it to the people. 

City Of Westminster  

  • Measure C Eliminate the elective mayor and increase the number of councilmembers and districts from four to five     NO 

The Westminster mayor is currently directly elected by the people, but this measure would eliminate the role of voters in this process and allow the council members to select the mayor themselves. A “NO” vote keeps the mayor directly elected by the people. Direct election of the mayor allows residents to have a direct say in the head of the city government and the priorities brought forth in the city council’s agenda. It also allows for more consistent leadership, rather than the position rotating every year. Eliminating direct election of the mayor consolidates executive power in the hands of politicians, rather than the people. 

 

All other local ballot measures have been moved to the November runoff election. 

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Printable PDF of Orange County Voter Guide

NOTE: This Election Guide reflects the endorsements made by Carl DeMaio and Reform California and should not be taken as an official endorsement or position of iHeartMedia.  

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