Assemblyman Jose Solorio Pulls Papers for Rancho Santiago Community College District
Posted by Chris Nguyen on July 16, 2012
According to the Orange County Registrar of Voters, Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana) has pulled papers for the Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee Area 1. (There is no incumbent, as the RSCCD board recently switched from a multi-member three-area at-large election system to a vote-by-area system, but drew three incumbents into Area 5, with Brian Conley choosing to retire in June, leaving David Chapel and Mark McLoughlin to duke it out in Area 5.)
Solorio had been rumored for months to be interested in the RSCCD seat after the Bernie Madoff of California Democrats, Kinde Durkee, stole $700,000+ from Solorio, putting an end to his bid to challenge Supervisor Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove). Between his Assembly campaign committee and a ballot measure committee, Solorio has over $200,000 cash on hand.
Due to the fact there are no contribution limits for the college board seat in Rancho Santiago, Solorio can transfer the entire $200,000 to his RSCCD account without raising another penny.
Santa Ana LULAC President Zeke Hernandez is rumored to be Solorio’s top challenger.
Will union anger at Solorio’s endorsement of Tom Daly for Assembly result in enormous contributions to Hernandez for college board? (Remember, there are no contribution limits, so they can give all the money to Hernandez instead of doing an IE.)
Trustee Area 1′s eastern border follows Main Street in Santa Ana from 17th Street down to the 55 Freeway. Its southern border is the Santa Ana city limit. Its far northern border is 17th Street. Its western border is a zig-zag involving Flower Street from 17th Street to 1st Street, Bristol Street from 1st Street to St. Andrew Place, Rene Drive from St. Andrew Place to Warner Avenue, and roughly Raitt Street from Warner Avenue to the city limit.