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Posts Tagged ‘Douglas Chapman’

Douglas Chapman’s Dual-Office Seeking Leaves Him with Two Major Opponents: Denis Bilodeau & Doug Davert

Posted by Chris Nguyen on July 25, 2012

Denis Bilodeau

Douglas M. Chapman

Doug Davert

As I wrote on Friday, Douglas M. Chapman filed to run for two offices at the same time, seeking re-election to the East Orange County Water District while simultaneously challenging Orange County Water District Director Denis Bilodeau‘s re-election bid.

Had Chapman simply sought re-election to the East Orange County Water District, he would likely have had a nice, quiet re-election campaign.  However, Chapman inexplicably decided to challenge incumbent Denis Bilodeau for the Orange County Water District while still running for re-election for the East Orange County Water District.

Needless to say, that drew attention to Chapman: running for two offices and challenging an incumbent.  (Do you really think OC Political or any other blog was going to cover an East Orange County Water District re-election campaign but for Chapman trying to run for two seats?) Yesterday, former Tustin Mayor Doug Davert pulled papers to run challenge Chapman for the East Orange County Water District.  (Davert left the Tustin Council in 2010 due to term limits.)

Now, Chapman faces a two-front war, with two very formidable, popular opponents.  In the Orange County Water District, Division 2 seat that Chapman is seeking, not only is Bilodeau the incumbent, but he is also the Mayor Pro Tem of Orange – the largest city in the division.  In the East Orange County Water District where Chapman is seeking re-election, the district consists of Tustin, slivers of Orange, and nearby unincorporated areas, but his challenger is former Tustin Mayor Doug Davert – and Tustin is the bulk of the district.  Both Bilodeau and Davert can raise substantial sums of money that Chapman will be unable to match.  To make matters worst for Chapman, their names are the rather similar “Douglas M. Chapman” and “Douglass S. Davert” on the ballot for EOCWD.  Not only that, but the Assembly Member who covers both seats is Don Wagner, whom Chapman ran against unsuccessfully for the South Orange County Community College District in 1998.

Challenging an incumbent like Bilodeau is no small task, and now Chapman faces a tough re-election bid – simultaneously.  Not only could Chapman lose his bid to unseat Bilodeau, but now he risks his own seat to Davert.  Chapman’s effort to win two water board seats in the same election could cause him to go from having one water board seat to none.

Posted in East Orange County Water District, Orange, Orange County Water District, South Orange County Community College District, Tustin | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

Douglas Chapman Files for Two Offices: Re-Election and Challenging Denis Bilodeau

Posted by Chris Nguyen on July 20, 2012

Douglas M. Chapman

Denis Bilodeau

On Tuesday, East Orange County Water District Director Douglas M. Chapman pulled and filed papers to run for re-election.  Then, two days later (i.e. yesterday), Chapman pulled and filed papers to challenge Orange County Water District Director Denis Bilodeau, who is also Mayor Pro Tem of Orange.  To be clear, Chapman didn’t just pull papers for both offices; he’s already filed for both offices.

A resident of North Tustin, Chapman has been on the board of the tiny East Orange County Water District since 1983 and made an unsuccessful bid for the South Orange County Community College District when he came in third, running against the victorious Don Wagner, who eventually became a State Assemblyman.

Chapman’s annoyingly similar title was certainly a factor in his decision to run.   His ballot designation for his challenge to Bilodeau is: Director, East Orange County Water District.  The title of the post he’s seeking in his bid to unseat Bilodeau is: Director, Orange County Water District, Division 2.  Oddly, for his re-election bid, Chapman is using “Incumbent” as his ballot designation, rather than “Director, East Orange County Water District.”  I’m not sure why he’s using two different ballot designations for his two simultaneous bids for office.

In both bids for office, he has not pulled papers for a ballot statement, choosing just to throw himself on the ballot.  Chapman also does not have a campaign committee open, which means he currently has less than $1,000 raised (if anything). Conversely, Bilodeau is a strong fundraiser; indeed, he had a very-well attended fundraiser last night for his re-election bid.

Considering Chapman is too cheap to pay for a ballot statement, Bilodeau should be able to defeat him with his fundraising and campaigning capability.  However, it does seem like Chapman may be a nuisance candidate whose goal is to force Bilodeau to spend money he’d otherwise spend elsewhere.  Or the 71-year-old Chapman could be a spoiler candidate whose role is to draw votes away from Bilodeau on behalf of a third candidate who would presumably jump in during the next several weeks.  If the latter is the case, it might behoove those who are using Chapman as a decoy to recall that people have been indicted over decoy candidates.  Filing a false declaration of candidacy is a felony in California, punishable by up to three years imprisonment.

Posted in East Orange County Water District, Orange County Water District | Tagged: , , | 1 Comment »

 
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