2020 Vote #2: You Can’t Vote for These Candidates (They Won Unopposed)


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Walk-off winners! Top row: Vicki Calhoun, Ed Lopez, Gina Clayton Tarvin, Walter Muneton; Bottom row: Frances “The-Thuy” Nguyen, Roger Yoh, Tharwa Ahmad, Denis Bilodeau

If you’re looking for certain races on your ballot, you won’t find them — because too few candidates filed to force an election.  All but one of these choices — you may be able to guess which one — seem perfectly fine, but if people don’t exercise their right to seek office, some real nutcases may be waiting for their next chance!

Incumbents, for whom winning without opposition isn’t so surprising, are in italics.  Non-incumbents — whom we truly hope won’t turn out to be imbeciles, jerks, kleptos, or psychos — are in bold.

  1. Tharwa Ahmad, Buena Park School District Area 3
  2. Joanne Baade, San Clemente City Clerk
  3. Jim Bell, Rossmoor/Los Alamitos Area Sewer District, Full Term
  4. Denis Bilodeau, Orange County Water District, Division 2
  5. Fred Bockmiller, Mesa Water District, Division 1
  6. Lauren Brooks,  Irvine Unified School District, Area 1
  7. Christie Brown, Savanna School District
  8. Vicki Calhoun, Fullerton Joint High School District, Area 2
  9. Tara Campbell, Yorba Linda City Council
  10. Gayle Carline, Placentia Library District
  11. Don Chadd, Trabuco Canyon Water District
  12. Gina Clayton-Tarvin, Ocean View School District
  13. Barbara Clendineng, Magnolia School District, Area 3
  14. Pamela Coleman, Orange City Clerk
  15. Sharon Dahl, Placentia Library District
  16. Phil De Carion, Emerald Bay Service District
  17. Marice DePasquale, Mesa Water District, Division 3
  18. Duane Cave, Moulton Niguel Water District
  19. Trudi Kew Desroches, Yorba Linda Water District
  20. Stephen Dopudja, Trabuco Canyon Water District
  21. John Dorr,  Three Arch Bay Community Services District
  22. Sergio Farias, San Juan Capistrano District 1
  23. Joanne Fawley, Fullerton Joint High School District, Area 2
  24. Scott Fayette, Irvine Unified School District, Area 4
  25. Jackie Filbeck, Anaheim Elementary School District, Area 1
  26. Richard Fiore, Moulton Niguel Water District
  27. Liz Gonzalez, Centralia School District, Area 3
  28. Jerry Haight, Serrano Water District, Division 5
  29. Amy Hanacek, Capitrano Unified School District, Area 1
  30. Beth Haney, Yorba Linda City Council
  31. Gene Hernandez, Yorba Linda City Council
  32. Zeke Hernandez, Rancho Santiago Community College District, Areal 1
  33. Lamiya Hoque, Centralia School District, Area 4
  34. Barbara Jay, South OC Community College District, Area 3
  35. Van Jew, Rossmoor/Los Alamitos Area Sewer District, Full Term
  36. Christina Karanick, , Savanna School District
  37. Kay Havens, El Toro Water District
  38. Candi Kern, Cypress School District, Area E
  39. Rudy LaLonde, Surfside Colony Community Services District
  40. Kevin Larson, Placentia Treasurer
  41. Ed Lopez, North OC Community College District, Area 2
  42. John Marconi, Emerald Bay Service District
  43. Connie Martin, Magnolia School District, Area 2
  44. Robert McKinnell, Placentia City Clerk
  45. Deana Miller, Brea Olinda Unified School District, Area 2
  46. John Wayne Miller, Yorba Linda Water District
  47. Greg Mills, Serrano Water District, Division 3
  48. Mark Monin, El Toro Water District
  49. Walter Muneton, Garden Grove Unified School District, Area 3
  50. Brian Nakamura, Cypress School District, Area A
  51. Jordan Nefulda, Los Alamitos City Council, District 3
  52. Frances “The-Thuy” Nguyen, Westminster School District, Area 4
  53. Will O’Neill, Newport Beach City Council, District 7
  54. Larry Pharris, Serrano Water District, Division 2
  55. Robbie Pitts, Villa Park City Council
  56. William Poe, Rossmoor/Los Alamitos Area Sewer District, Full Term
  57. Lorraine Prinsky, Coast Community College District, Area 3
  58. Brian Probolsky, Moulton Niguel Water District
  59. Emily Pruitt, La Habra School District, Short term
  60. Jeffrey Rips, Rossmoor Community Services District , Short Term
  61. Richard Rohm, Orange Treasurer
  62. Vincent Rossini, Villa Park City Council
  63. Gary Rubel, Three Arch Bay Community Services District
  64. Paul Ruiz, Brea Olinda Unified School District, Area 3
  65. Melissa Salinas, Lowell School District, Area 1
  66. Hilaire Shioura, Placentia Library District
  67. Katherine Smith, Anaheim Union High School District, Area 3
  68. Jonathan Stone, Tustin Unified School District, Area 4
  69. Hilda Sugarman, Fullerton School District, Area 2
  70. Ann Sulllivan, Huntington Beach City School District, Area 3
  71. Schelly Sustarsic, Seal Beach, District 4
  72. Suzy Swartz, Saddleback Valley Unified School District Area 3
  73. Leonel Talavera, Fullerton School District, Area 5
  74. Mark Taylor, San Clemente City Treasurer
  75. Jose Vergara, El Toro Water District
  76. Sherry Wanninger, Moulton Niguel Water District
  77. Norm Westwell, Ocean View School District
  78. John Withers, Irvine Ranch Water District, Division 1
  79. Jeremy Yamaguchi, Placentia City Council, District 3
  80. Roger Yoh, Orange County Water District, Division 3
  81. Judy Yorke, Three Arch Bay Community Services District
  82. Nathan Zug, Magnolia School District, Area 4


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 (in violation of Roberts Rules) when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Expelled from DPOC in October 2018 (in violation of Roberts Rules) for having endorsed Spitzer over Rackauckas -- which needed to be done. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. One of his daughters co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)