AEIOU Extensions: Who Should File By Wednesday?





These offices, you may recall, are the ones for which filing has been extended for five days, until this Wednesday, because Any Eligible Incumbent Opted to be Unseated (“AEIOU.”)  So which offices deserve more candidates — and (if we can manage it), whom should they be?

  • Brea Olinda Unified School District, Full Term

Incumbents Nicole Colon and Carrie Flanders are on the ballot and are pretty sure bets to retain their seats.  Don’t bother.

  • Laguna Beach Unified School District

Dee Perry and Carol Normandin-Parker are returning incumbents; the only reason this was extended is because Ketta Brown is leaving and Christine de Bretteville is filing to replace her.  Don’t bother.

  • Newport-Mesa USD Trustee Area 5

Judy A Franco didn’t file for reelection; Kate Malouf and Michelle Barto have filed for the open seat.  Seems like enough competition.

  • Newport-Mesa USD Trustee Area 7

Walt Davenport didn’t file for reelection; Bertha Rodriguez and Ashley Anderson have filed for the open seat.  Seems like enough competition.

  • Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Dolores Winchell didn’t file for reelection; incumbent Dennis Walsh is running for reelection against Dan Walsh, Greg Kunath, and Barbara Schulman for the two seats.  Seems like enough competition.

  • Fullerton Joint Union HS District, Trustee Area 4

Robert A Singer didn’t file for reelection; Mike Oates, Laura Klatzner, and Nathan Vestri and, [UPDATE!] (as of Monday 8/13) Chris Thompson, are competing for the open seat.  Don’t bother filing.

  • Buena Park School District, Trustee Area 1

Tharwa Ahmad didn’t file for reelection; Rhodia Shead and Joe Pak are competing for the open seat.  Seems like enough competition.

  • Buena Park School District, Trustee Area 2

Samuel Van Hamblen didn’t file for reelection; the only candidate to replace him is “Technology Teacher” Jason Chong.  We’re open to hearing more about Jason Chong.

  • Buena Park School District, Trustee Area 5

Rochelle Smith didn’t file for reelection; the only candidate to replace her is “Personal Banker/Parent” Jerry Frutos.  We’re open to hearing more about Jerry Frutos.

  • Centralia School District, Trustee Area 2

Because Connor Traut was also an incumbent in this new district. other incumbent Art Montez is unopposed but may still face competition.  I’ve taken on Montez (a Building Trades candidate) pretty harshly here before and I don’t feel like doing it here again today, but those who are interested in the race have today and tomorrow to file.

  • Cypress School District, Trustee Area B

Donna McDougall didn’t file; “Business Woman” Bonnie Peat is the sole candidate to replace her.  We’re open to hearing more about Bonnie Peat.

  • Fullerton School District, Trustee Area 3

This was Chris Thompson’s office, but he didn’t file.  His fellow incumbent Beverly Berryman is running, as is “Parent” Jennifer Harris.  We’re open to hearing more about Jennifer Harris.

  • Huntington Beach City School District

Rosemary Saylor is the only one of three incumbents not to seek reelection.  The two running for reelection are Shari Kowalke and Paul Morrow; the three non-incumbents running are “Teacher/Parent” Karrie Burrows, “retired Teacher” Diana Marks, and “Attorney/Parent” Jennifer Hayden.  This will call for some evaluation later, but doesn’t seem to cry out for more candidates.

  • La Habra City School District

Ofelia Hanson didn’t run for reelection.  Her fellow incumbents Ida MacMurray and Cynthia Aguirre have filed and should be reelected.  I’d be shocked if they didn’t vet the third candidate, “Parent/Academic Researcher” Adam Rogers.  Seems OK as is.

  • Lowell Joint School District, Trustee Area 1, Short Term

Martin Tourville did not file for reelection.  “Parent/Local Businesswoman” Melissa A. Salinas is the sole candidate running to replace him.  We’re open to hearing more about Salinas.

  • Lowell Joint School District, Trustee Area 5

I suspect that this is an error in the list; the incumbent is the only candidate listed.

  • Capistrano Bay Community Services District

One incumbent didn’t run; the other two did; there are six candidates in total.  Plenty of choice as is.  Don’t bother.

  • Surfside Colony Community Services District

V John Kriss is the only one of four incumbents not to run for reelection.  Right now, that seat is open to anyone who wants to step in.  If more than one step in, then we have a competitive election.  If no one does, we’ll have an appointed member.

  • Three Arch Bay Community Services District

Neither incumbent, Tim Hamchuk or Rhoads Martin, is running for reelection — and no one else is running for the seat.  My suggestion is that they appoint the losing candidates from the Capistrano Bay election to govern here.  Or someone else can file.

As soon as the lease on the apartment is signed, a couple of filthy bloggers are going to swoop in, register to vote, file for office, and totally take over Three-Arch Bay! (Photo credit to Craig Miller, at this web site:  Note that at this distance, it’s hard to make out the 1½ McDonalds restaurants that give this lovely beach community its name.)

  • Silverado-Modjeska Recreation and Park District

Two incumbents didn’t run, but there are three people for three seats, so let’s just leave it alone.

  • Midway City Sanitary District

Tyler Diep didn’t file for reelection.  Fellow incumbents Margie Rice and Frank Cobo did.  They’ll face Andrew Nguyen and Andy Quach for the three positions.  Seems like enough choices.

  • Surfside Colony Storm Water Protection District

V John Kriss is also an incumbent here, and also didn’t file.  Don Karich and Henry Viets are running.  One seat is currently left unfilled, if anyone wants it.  Any high schoolers out there interested in this topic?  Could help you get into college!

  • Moulton Niguel Water District

Incumbent Larry Lizotte didn’t file.  Fellow incumbent Donald Froelich will face three opponents for the three open seats: “Businessman” Joel Bishop, “Contracts Manager” Sherry Wanninger, and “Principal Water Engineer” Bill Moorhead.  This race could use a Hydrological Scientist, in OJB’s opinion.

  • Santa Margarita Water District

I don’t think that this should be listed, as both listed incumbents are running.

  • Buena Park Library District

Ramalingum Vurdien did not file for reelection.  Fellow incumbent Al Salehi will face three opponents for the two open seats: “Community College Dean” Richard Rams, “Tutor” Wendy-Kay Erdtsieck, and “Contract Manager” Daniel Billings.  That seems like more than enough candidates.

  • Santiago Geologic Hazard Abatement District

None of the five incumbents filed; only two non-incumbents have filed.  Sure, if you’re so disposed, go ahead and run!

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. Corrupt party hacks hate him. He's OK with that too. He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)