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Umberg endorses Kim Nguyen for BoS District 1

State Senator Tom Umberg has announced he’s endorsing Garden Grove city council member Kim Nguyen in a press release issued by the Nguyen campaign Monday night; that release is below.

As Umberg is an ex-officio member of the DPOC as a state senator, and the party’s endorsed candidate is Westminster council member Sergio Contreras, this endorsement appears to be a violation of the Party’s bylaws. So it will be interesting to see if the Party decides to punish Umberg at the January meeting. Technically, in making the endorsement, Umberg is not telling anyone not to vote for Contreras but that’s not likely to reasonate with party leadership.

The Party’s record on punishing those who go against their endorsement is spotty at best.  Central Committee member Greg Diamond was removed for his endorsement for DA candidate Todd Spitzer (and removed by the California Democratic Party for his call against endorsed Anaheim city council candidate Jordan Brandman). Congressman Lou Correa and Assembly Rep Tom Daly were censured by the party for endorsements of non-party endorsed candidates while Central Committee member and Irvine Council member Melissa Fox escaped any sort of party punishment for endorsing Katie Porter over Dave Min for 71 days prior to the primary election (since Porter won, it wasn’t deemed actionable).

Here’s the announcement:


Garden Grove, CA – Garden Grove City Councilwoman Kim Bernice Nguyen announced the endorsement of California State Senator Tom Umberg who represents the 34th Senate District which encompasses most of the 1st Supervisorial District. Senator Umberg is a retired U.S. Army Colonel, former federal criminal prosecutor, three term state legislator, small business owner and Deputy Drug Czar for President Clinton. In the California State Senate, Senator Umberg serves as chair of the Committee on Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments as well as the Co-Chair of the Joint Select Committee on the Census among other positions. As a former State Assemblymember he deliver $563 million in funds directly to Orange County.

In announcing his endorsement, the Senator stated:

I am excited to endorse Garden Grove City Councilwoman Kim Bernice Nguyen for Orange County Board of Supervisors, District 1. She represents the future of Orange County. Her extensive public policy knowledge and her leadership on city council demonstrates her ability to work across the aisle pushing forth initiatives that support the quality of life for residents throughout the city. I know she will use those skills well as our next Supervisor.

Councilwoman Nguyen had this to say about her most recent endorsement:

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Senator Tom Umberg. His leadership in the U.S. Army, the Clinton Administration and both chambers of the California State Legislature have shown his effectiveness and dedication as a civic leader. I am proud to call him my State Senator and look forward to working with him as a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.”

As the daughter of a Mexican immigrant and Vietnamese refugee Kim knows the value of hard work, dedication and sacrifice. Her humble beginnings as a first generation American shaped her advocacy and drive to create a more inclusive community. She was the first in her family to graduate high school and obtain a college degree. She has continued to break barriers and open doors for others to follow. In 2016, she became the first Latina and youngest person to ever be elected to the Garden Grove City Council. During her time on the City Council, she has been a leader in creating economic opportunities for low income communities, increasing funding for infrastructure repairs thought the City, and has worked tirelessly to protect immigrant communities.

Senator Umberg joins leaders throughout Orange County in supporting Kim Nguyen for Orange County Board of Supervisors:

Women In Leadership

Santa Ana Councilmember David Peñaloza

Irvine Councilwoman Farrah Khan

Tustin Mayor Pro Tem Letitia Clark

Costa Mesa Councilwoman Andrea Marr

Aliso Viejo Councilwoman Tiffany Ackley

Costa Mesa Councilwoman Arlis Reynolds

Fullerton School Board President Jeanette Vasquez

Anaheim Elementary School Board Trustee Mark Lopez

Artesia Councilwoman Melissa Ramoso

Nicole Ramirez, Garden Grove Parks & Recreation Commissioner*

Ray Martinez, President, Northeast Garden Grove Little League*

Dan Jacobson, Past Chair, DFOC*