From the polling I’ve been sent (and it’s pretty weak) coupled with the absentee ballots requested/turned in and the fact that former Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is the only Democrat against six Republicans, Tuesday’s special election for Third District Board of Supervisors is Loretta’s to lose.
Former Anaheim Council member Kris Murray was polling ahead of Irvine Mayor Don Wagner in Irvine according to an unscientific poll by Irvine Community News and Views and former Villa Park Council member Deborah Pauly is polling well in Villa Park, Orange and Yorba Linda. Wagner’s remarks about paying Tustin to take on Irvine’s homeless aren’t gaining him points in that city.
But to make it even possible for Sanchez to take the seat requires OC Democrats, who don’t typically turn out well for special elections, to cast ballots. The 2018 Blue Wave needs to be a 2020 Blue wave and this election is actually the first contest of the 2020 election.
I voted early Monday morning at a “pop up” voting station at Irvine City Hall. It took about 2 minutes.
So get out and vote for Sanchez. If you’re a Republican or a principled conservative and can’t bring yourself to vote for Loretta, cast a ballot for Kris Murray, Deborah Pauley or Katherine Daigle. Wagner is the unabashed Trump Republican in this election who preaches “Christian values” while staying silent on the treatment of OC’s homeless, the president’s border policies, family separations at the border, election interference by the Russians, and payments to Porn Stars and Playboy models.
We can do better than Wagner. And we should.