2020 OC Filings #7 (as of 8/4) for All Cities Below 50,000 Population (Incomplete)




[Author’s note: I’m still working on the nine smallest cities, but I want to get the school districts and special districts out first.  I hope to finish those later tonight, but I want to publish this now while it’s of a little more benefit.]

I hate this districting job, which seems to ignore communities of interest, but Stanton’s politicians liked it.

As noted in our introduction to this year’s general election coverage, the filing period for all races is underway; it ends August 7 (or 8/6, for cities closed on 8/7, and with some extensions to 8/12) for all races that have made it this far.  Now we’ll look at the fourteen least populous cities in the county — Rancho Santa Margarita, Aliso Viejo, Cypress, Brea, Stanton, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Laguna Hills, Seal Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, La Palma, Los Alamitos, and Villa Park — to see what’s going on.  Most of the election websites are really bad.  This will be updated as need be and time allows.

Rancho Santa Margarita

The terms of Brad McGirr and Tony Beall end this year.  There’s no apparent indication of whether they or anyone else is in the process of running for them.

Aliso Viejo

Aliso Viejo has three seats open.  The website provides no idea of whose term is expiring and who is in the process of running for them.


Nothing except the election announcement and Covid-19 instructions for meeting with staff to file.


Brea has a functioning website allowing timely publication of election filing information.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have been updated with filings for this year.  (Or maybe nobody has spent $1000 — or filed at all.)  Yes, it could be Covid, but this can be done from home.

The seats of City Council members Christine Marick, Marty Simonoff, as well as that of Treasurer Rick Rios, are up this year.  The site gives no indication of whether any of them are running for re-election, or whether there are others who have pulled or filed papers.  Under “2020 candidates” there are four folders, on each for Marick, Simonoff, former Mayor Bev Perry, and Robyn Neufeld — but the folders are empty and there’s no sign of current filings for any of them, so that doesn’t mean much.


Stanton has two of its four districts, #2 and #4, up for office.  And it lists the candidates and their progress!  Way to go, Stanton!  The incumbents with expiring terms are Hong Alyce Van and Carol Warren.

District 2

  • DeWayne Allen Normand (pulled papers only)
  • Hong Alyce Van (pulled papers only)

District 4

  • Carol Warren (has qualified)
  • Jeff Jones (has qualified)
  • Mary Watson (pulled papers only)

So there you go!  We now know that Stanton’s District 4 has an election coming, and District 2 either has a confirmatory appointment coming (if only Van files), an extension to 8/12 (if only Normand files), a real election (if both file), an open appointment (if neither and no one else files) — or some OJB reader (or less-informed resident) else may sneak in and grab it!

District 2, by the way, is south and east of Cerritos and Lowden (except for the tract directly southwest of that corner), stretching the full distance of the city on Cerritos, including the area north and east of Lowden and Thunderbird; also including the area north of the east-west portion of the Union Pacific Railroad track east from Western to the city limits; then including the area south of that track between Western and Beach down to Katella; and finally including the area east of the north-south portion of the track down to Orangewood. So if that includes your residence, and you’d like to waltz into office unopposed, you might want to pull papers just in case!

San Juan Capistrano


Dana Point


Laguna Hills


Seal Beach


Laguna Beach


Laguna Woods


La Palma


Los Alamitos


Villa Park



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.)