Three prominent candidates have declared their intent to run for Orange County’s 4th Supervisorial District seat, vying to replace Supervisor Shawn Nelson when he is termed out in 2018.
After former assemblywoman Young Kim announced her candidacy last month, former Orange County Fire Captain Joe Kerr and longtime La Habra City Councilman Tim Shaw declared on Monday within hours of each other and far in advance of the June 2018 election.
The 4th District – which includes the cities of Fullerton, Placentia, La Habra, Brea and portions of Anaheim and Buena Park – is one of only two county supervisorial districts where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans. That advantage stood at 8 percentage points and more than 21,000 registered voters on Monday.
Kerr is the only Democrat of the three. And, as the former president of the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association and the former vice president of the California Professional Firefighters, he is likely to draw strong union support.
Kim and Shaw both are Republicans, which could divide their voting base and endorsements in the nonpartisan race.
Kim, a Republican who lost her 65th Assembly District seat to a Democratic challenger in November, has demonstrated an ability to raise large sums, bringing in more than $3.4 million in donations and independent expenditures in her last race. She already has secured endorsements from U.S. Rep Ed Royce, U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, among others.
Shaw, who has served on the La Habra City Council since 2008 and sits on the Orange County Transportation Authority Board, has earned the endorsement of termed-out Republican state Sen. Bob Huff.
Any candidate can win outright in the June election if someone earns more than half the votes. Otherwise, the top two finishers would head to a November runoff.
Three county supervisorial seats will be up for grabs in June,…