Democrat Joe Kerr is in for 4th District Supe

Joe Kerr
Joe Kerr

We’ve been sitting on this one for awhile pending a formal announcement; here it is, and where is Batman!:

Former Fire CAPTAIN Joe Kerr announces campaign for orange County Supervisor

Brea, CA – Today former Orange County Fire Captain Joe Kerr announced his campaign for Orange County’s 4th Supervisorial District. The seat, which is being vacated by term-limited Supervisor Shawn Nelson, includes all or portions of Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Fullerton, La Habra, and Placentia.

In announcing his campaign, Kerr stated:

As a firefighter and fire captain for over 30 years, I learned how to evaluate complex situations, keep those around me composed, and implement a plan of action to protect people in danger. I think Orange County’s government needs this type of experience right now, and I am excited to announce my campaign.

On the Board of Supervisors, I will run toward the problems we face – including the growing homelessness crisis and the lack of transparency in county government. I will work hard every day to serve as the responsive and effective leader that our residents deserve.

Joe Kerr is a second-generation professional firefighter who served as a Fire Captain with the Orange County Fire Authority and Orange County Fire Department for over 25 years. He was the first President of the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association, the former Vice President of the California Professional Firefighters, and a former Vice President of the Orange County Central Labor Council (AFL-CIO).

Joe was awarded Fireman of the Year by the Cypress Fire Department in 1979, Overachiever of the Year by the Orange County Firemen’s Association in 1984, and Fire Captain of the Year by the Orange County Fire Department in 1986. In 1981, he was given a Certificate of Merit from the Orange County Board of Supervisors for his role while responding to the Air California jetliner crash at John Wayne Airport. Joe was also presented with the Courage Under Fire Award in 1999 for rescuing and reviving a non-breathing occupant who was trapped in a residential structure fire. In 2012 after retiring, Joe received numerous awards and recognitions for helping save the life of a baby who was drowning and had stopped breathing in a swimming pool.

Joe’s history of community service includes having served as an advisor to the Board of the Orange County Foundation for Oncology, Children and Families (OCF-OCF).

Joe grew up in La Habra and Cypress. He and his wife, China, are the proud parents of a 13-year-old son.



  1. Joe would be welcome as an OC Supervisor. He was a great leader when he was a captain with OCFA.

    • Dan: it’s unclear if Joe Kerr has even moved into the 4th District. He’s still registered to vote in Coto de Caza.

      • Technically he doesn’t have to live there until a month before he files.

        Or do you believe someone can only run for office if they have lived there numerous years?

        • Joe is an alternate for the DPOC Central Committee in AD-55 which the new Committee was installed in January. I can confirm he lives in Brea. The Party verifies address information.

          When I see him Monday night, I’ll encourage him to update his voter registration forms. But the district has bigger problems to solve than worry over how long Kerr has lived in the district.

          I only wish you were this concerned about a candidate/elected official’s residency when Mimi Walters was a state senator listing an efficiency apartment in Irvine as her address when she lived in her McMansion in Laguna Niguel — outside of the State Senate district.

  2. Finally a real hero. Please post any pictures of this guy in uniform, doing his duty! If anyone can dig up the old calendar shots, when he was younger…true blue hero!

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