MOORLACH UPDATE — Election Night Results — November 5, 2014

Silly season is over! And the OC has two new Supervisors. The Daily Pilot, OC Register, Rancho Santa Margarita Patch, and KPCC 89.3 provide the news below.

Congratulations go to Michelle Steel, who will be occupying my office on January 5, 2014. I look forward to assisting her in the next two months as she comes up to speed with the fun and challenging business of the County.

Congratulations to Lisa Bartlett on her victory to serve the residents of the Fifth Supervisorial District.

May both new Supervisors enjoy the privilege of serving the residents of their Districts as much as I have enjoyed serving mine.

Also, congratulations go to Claude Parrish on becoming the next Orange County Assessor. He will have big shoes to fill, as Webster Guillory has been the gold standard around the state of California. Thank you, Webster, for all your years of service to the County of Orange and its residents. You have been a consummate professional and it was an honor to work with you over the last two decades.

And congratulations go to my colleagues, Patricia Bates and Janet Nguyen, on their successful campaigns to serve as State Senators in the California Legislature.

Steel has big lead over Mansoor in supervisor race

By Harold Pierce

Michelle Steel appeared headed to an easy victory Tuesday evening in her race against Assemblyman Allan Mansoor for the District 2 seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

Mansoor, of Costa Mesa, and Steel, of Surfside, are vying for the spot currently held by termed-out Supervisor John Moorlach.

In the June primary election, Steel received 47.7 percent of the vote, more than twice as much as Mansoor, but she did not receive the majority required to avoid a runoff Tuesday.

As vice chairwoman of the state Board of Equalization, Steel built her campaign on her record of saving taxpayers money. Her Twitter handle is @TaxFighterSteel.

She credited the discovery of a multimillion-dollar tax mistake, and the return of millions in delayed security deposits to small-business owners, to a phone call she received from a constituent during her first year on the board.

Before the election, Steel argued that she would continue to advocate for taxpayers by ensuring that Measure M transportation funds not go toward building toll lanes in a project to widen the 405 Freeway.

Meanwhile, Mansoor built his platform around rejecting the possibility of a toll lane project proposed by the California Department of Transportation.

"It’s not enough to say you’re against toll lanes, as using Measure M funds to widen bridges will enable toll lanes," Mansoor told the Daily Pilot in October, referring to a September decision by the Orange County Transportation Authority board to move forward with a 405 Freeway widening project that could allow room for toll lanes.

Mansoor accused Steel of using her bid for county supervisor as a springboard for a congressional seat if Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa), who endorsed Steel this election, steps down.

Steel, who is married to GOP heavyweight Shawn Steel and moved to Orange County two years ago, spent about $800,000 on her run for supervisor, outspending Mansoor by about $644,000, according to campaign finance records.

Mansoor, a former Costa Mesa city councilman, branded himself as a longtime local with strong community ties.

O.C. supervisor races: Michelle Steel leads Allan Mansoor, Lisa Bartlett bests Robert Ming

BY NICOLE SHINE

Unofficial final returns showed Michelle Steel taking a sizable lead over Allan Mansoor in the Orange County Board of Supervisors race in District 2.

The Republican-leaning district, represented by termed-out Supervisor John Moorlach, stretches from Newport Beach to Buena Park.

Steel, who is termed out of her post on the state Board of Equalization, cashed in on her statewide name recognition and out-spent her opponent. Her campaign raised $427,174 this year, according to mid-October reports. The money included a $75,000 loan she made to her campaign in June.

Independent spending also lifted Steel over fellow Republican Mansoor, a state assemblyman from Costa Mesa. A political committee of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs spent $100,000 on last-minute attack ads and mailers on Steel’s behalf.

Steel said Tuesday night that three years of campaigning and countless meet-and-greets with district voters paid off.

“I’m going to work really hard as supervisor,” Steel said.

District 5

Lisa Bartlett led Robert Ming in the battle over the South County seat now held by Pat Bates.

The two Republicans finished nearly neck-and-neck in the June primary, with Ming taking 30.9 percent of votes to Bartlett’s 28.4 percent. The Republican-leaning district stretches from San Clemente to Lake Forest.

Bartlett, mayor of Dana Point, and Ming, a Laguna Niguel councilman, entered the final leg of the race with roughly the same amount of cash on hand, about $42,000. Bartlett, however, has raised $291,899 since January, compared to Ming’s $189,158, according to Sept. 30 campaign reports.

Bartlett had campaigned on public safety, traffic reduction and quality of life. The early lead, she said Tuesday night, “shows my message resonates with south Orange County voters.”

County Assessor

Challenger Claude Parrish showed a narrow advantage over incumbent Webster Guillory, who faces criminal charges.

Parrish, former chairman of the state Board of Equalization, has championed new taxpayer-friendly measures, such as extending the annual tax appeal deadline from Sept. 15 to Nov. 30.

Guillory, who has held the job since 1998, pleaded not guilty in September to filing false nomination papers during his re-election bid earlier this year.

Contact the writer: nshine On Twitter:@nicolekshine

Election Results for County Seats: 2 New Supes and Assessor Gets the Boot

Orange County will see a changing of the guard.

Board of Equalization member Michelle Steel will be joining the Orange County Board of Supervisors, replacing termed-out Second District Supervisor John Moorlach.

Steel defeated Assemblyman Allan R. Mansoor on Tuesday, although Mansoor had been endorsed by Moorlach.

Meanwhile, in the Fifth District, Dana Point Mayor Lisa Bartlett defeated Laguna Niguel City Councilman Robert Ming and will succeed termed-out Supervisor Patricia Bates, who easily defeated Gary Kephart for state Senate in the 36th District.

Another opening on the board was created Tuesday with the election of Supervisor Janet Nguyen to the state Senate.

Webster Guillory, who was seeking re-election as county assessor while facing charges of filing false nominations papers, was defeated by Claude Parrish, a former chairman of the state Board of Equalization.

Guillory has denied the charges, with his attorney chalking it up to a mistake that was not illegal. The preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Nov. 24.

–City News Service

10:42 p.m. Steel leads Mansoor for Orange County Supervisor

Michelle Steel had a sizable lead over Allan Mansoor in the Orange County Board of Supervisors race in District 2, the OC Register reported.

The Republican-leaning district, represented by termed-out supervisor John Moorlach, stretches from Newport Beach to Buena Park.

Steel, who is termed out of her post on the state Board of Equalization, cashed in on her statewide name recognition and out-spent her opponent. Her campaign raised $427,174 this year, according to mid-October reports. The money included a $75,000 loan she made to her campaign in June.

Steel had nearly 62.8 percent of the vote to Mansoor’s 37.2 percent, with 212 of 421 precincts counted.

Meanwhile, Lisa Bartlett led Robert Ming in early returns in the District 5 battle over the South County seat now held by Pat Bates, the Register reported.

Bartlett had 56.5 percent of the vote to Ming’s 43.5 percent, with 59 of 438 of precincts counted.

—KPCC staff

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