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Saddleback Valley USD Board Member Dennis Walsh Is Latest Politician Accused of Behaving Badly

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on May 19, 2014

I have been extremely busy over the past few weeks and have not had a chance to blog very much. Luckily, I am going to be able to blog a little bit more over the next few weeks leading up to the June Election.


In the past we have reported about numerous politicians that have been accused of behaving badly including:

Buena Park Councilmember Miller Oh Charged With Perjury
Former Assemblyman Richard Robinson Being Arrested on Suspicion of DUI
Lake Forest Councilmember Peter Herzog Being Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

We now add a school board member to this growing list of politicians that have made the news for all the wrong reasons. The OC Weekly broke the story of Saddleback Valley Unified School Board President Dennis Walsh being arrested by Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies for resisting arrest.

Walsh allegedly ran into a fire hydrant with his car and fled the scene of the accident. Later, the car was spotted in the driveway by sheriff’s deputies and Walsh was informed that the car was evidence and would need to be towed. At this point Walsh apparently stopped cooperating with the deputies and was arrested.

One thing that was not mentioned in any of the articles is that Dennis Walsh is up for re-election this November and will likely face some issues with voters if he draws an opponent. The Saddleback Valley Unified School District has only had two elections in the past eight years and Walsh has never appeared on the ballot. We will find out this November how well both Dennis Walsh and Miller Oh will fare with both candidates slated to be up for re-election. Lake Forest Councilmember Peter Herzog opted to resign from office instead of facing what was likely to be a tough re-election.

It would not be unprecedented if either Walsh or Oh were to be re-elected. Back in 2010, Westminster Councilmember Andy Quach was able to win re-election despite pleading guilty to DUI.

CITY OF WESTMINSTER Member, City Council
Number To Vote For: 2
Completed Precincts: 64 of 64
Vote Count Percentage
* TRI TA 7,964 20.2%
* ANDY QUACH 7,076 18.0%
PENNY LOOMER 6,774 17.2%
KHOA DO 5,777 14.7%
ALIN HAMADE 5,725 14.5%
JOY L. NEUGEBAUER 4,298 10.9%

* Indicates Incumbent Candidate, if any

3 Responses to “Saddleback Valley USD Board Member Dennis Walsh Is Latest Politician Accused of Behaving Badly”

  1. Interested said

    Didn’t Dennis Walsh endorse flawed school board member Liz Parker?

  2. Frankly, Walsh should RESIGN and NOT run for re-election! Do we want such people like Dennis Walsh educate our children?

  3. Yuasa, Elena said



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