Dumitru to challenge Cavecche and Rocco to run for the OUSD again

Dumitru is ready to walk precincts against Orange Mayor Carolyn Cavecche

Our friends at the Greater Orange News Service (GONS) are reporting that Orange Councilman Jon Dumitru is going to challenge popular Orange Mayor Carolyn Cavecche this November:

In the Orange City Mayor’s race, two term Orange City Councilman Jon Dumitru pulled papers to challenge popular Orange City Mayor Carolyn Cavecche. Mayor Cavecche also pulled papers to keep her seat. When the 72 Assembly seat was vacated by the self- destruction of Mike Duval, Dumitru briefly made a bid for the seat before pulling out of the race to endorse Linda Ackerman (the seat was eventually won by Chris Norby). Dumitru’s current Council term expires in 2012. Dumitru has established a website for his run and confirmed his run on his Twitter page.

Dumitru currently answers the phones at the O.C. Fire Authority.

The GONS is also reporting that “Two Orange Council seats are also up for election in November. Those seats are the ones currently held by Council persons Mark Murphy and Denis Bilodeau. As of July 12th, Council person Bilodeau has pulled papers for re-election as have challengers Orange Planning Commissioners Fred Whitiker and Michael Merino.”

Bilodeau is now the Chief of Staff for new O.C. Supervisor Shawn Nelson.  Whitaker is a member of the OC GOP Central Committee.

Michael Merino currently serves on the City of Orange Planning Commission to which he was initially appointed in 2007.  He and his wife, Gayle, have had their family-owned business and home in the city for more than 14 years, according to his campaign website.

This November will also see the return of Steve Rocco, who recently lost to John Williams in a strange run for O.C. Public Administrator.  Rocco also ran for the Santa Ana City Council in 2008.

This time Rocco is running for Area 7, which is currently held by Rick Ledesma.

You may recall that the last time Rocco ran for the Orange School Board, none other than Red County editor Matt Cunningham admitted to voting for him.  At the time Rocco was running against a Latino who Cunningham refused to support.  Cunningham’s kids all have gone to private, not public, schools.


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