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Michelle Steel launches bid for supervisor

Moorlach compliments her but would prefer that an Orange County person, rather than L.A. transplant, replace him.

May 17, 2013|By Bradley Zint

Orange County's representative on the state Board of Equalization officially began her campaign this week for a seat on the county's Board of Supervisors.

Michelle Steel, a Surfside resident, is running for the District 2 seat during the June 2014 primary election that will be vacated by Supervisor John Moorlach, who is prevented from seeking another term after serving on the five-member board since 2006.

District 2 includes Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach and portions of Fountain Valley.

"In these tough economic times, and as governments on all levels are struggling to tighten their belts while preserving excellent service, I believe that my experience as one of California's fiscal officers, and an advocate for taxpayers, will help keep Orange County on a strong path for economic freedom and sound public policy," Steel, a Republican, said in her campaign announcement Thursday.

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Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, county Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and former Assemblyman Jim Silva (R-Huntington Beach) are serving as honorary co-chairs for her campaign, Steel said.

Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) of the 74th District has also expressed interest in running for the position. The former Costa Mesa mayor sent out an email May 8 that sought opinions about whether he should run for supervisor or reelection to the 74th.

"For over a year, a number of people have asked me if I was interested in running for county supervisor in 2014," Mansoor wrote. "I hadn't given it much thought, but there are many people who believe that our next supervisor should come from the community. ... I think that my experience representing the region locally and in Sacramento will make me a strong candidate and [I] have been discussing the idea with my family, friends and supporters."

On Friday, Mansoor sent an email statement to the Daily Pilot: "I've been overwhelmed by the amount of responses I've received from asking folks for their opinion on this. A lot of people took the time to send me well thought-out responses, and I'm going to take my time to go through them before I make a decision.

"I'm strongly considering it."

Huntington Beach City Councilman Joe Carchio has also said he may run for the supervisor seat. Like Mansoor, he too has sent out exploratory letters to his constituents asking for their input.

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