Supervisor’s Chief/Businessowner Andrew Do (R-Westminster), California State Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), Councilmember/Deputy DA Chris Phan (R-Garden Grove), Television News Anchor Chuyen Van Nguyen (NPP-Garden Grove), and Office Specialist Lupe Morfin-Moreno (R-Santa Ana)
The Secretary of State conducted the ballot order lottery on Tuesday and transmitted the results to the Registrar of Voters, and Andrew Do was the big winner, so here’s how each candidate will appear on the January 27, 2015, ballot (assuming their designations aren’t challenged in court by December 26):
- Andrew Do, Supervisor’s Chief/Businessowner
- Lou Correa, California State Senator
- Chris Phan, Councilmember/Deputy DA
- Chuyen Van Nguyen, Television News Anchor
- Lupe Morfin-Moreno, Office Specialist
Most OC Political readers are familiar with Do, Correa, Phan, and even Morfin-Moreno, but most have expressed little knowledge of Nguyen. To fill everyone in, let’s take a closer look at each candidate:
- Andrew Do (R-Westminster), 51 years old
Do is a partner in a law firm who was a deputy district attorney for eight years and who served as Chief of Staff to former Supervisor Janet Nguyen, who vacated this Supervisor’s seat to become a California State Senator. As an attorney, he has served as President of the Asian Bar Association of California and the Vietnamese-American Bar Association of Southern California. He is a former adjunct professor at Cal State Fullerton and judge pro tem in the old Orange County Municipal Court. Fleeing Vietnam as a child, Do grew up in the First Supervisorial District, attending Junior High and High School in Garden Grove. He is a graduate of Santa Ana College, UC Davis, and UC Hastings.
Do was elected to the Garden Grove City Council in 2008 and served for three years. (He now lives in Westminster.)
Do’s candidacy for Supervisor is endorsed by the Republican Party of Orange County, former Supervisors/current Senators Janet Nguyen and Pat Bates, Supervisor-Elect Michelle Steel, Congressmen Ed Royce and Dana Rohrabacher, Congresswoman-Elect Mimi Walters, and Assembly Members Young Kim, Travis Allen, Matt Harper, and Don Wagner.
- Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), 56 years old (though he will turn 57 on January 24)
Spending the majority of his career in elective office, Correa was an investment banker and real estate broker before entering the State Assembly. He is a licensed attorney, though opted to go the banking and real estate route before entering politics. A native Californian, Correa grew up in the Fourth Supervisorial District, attending K-12 in Anaheim. He is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton and UCLA.
After narrowly losing a 1996 Assembly bid by 93 votes, Correa became a State Assemblyman in 1998, termed out in 2004, and then held this same Supervisor’s seat from 2005-2006. He resigned from the Board of Supervisors in 2006 to enter the State Senate, where he stayed until terming out last month. His resignation from the Board caused a February 2007 special election, only the second special election for Supervisor in Orange County history. Janet Nguyen won that special election to fill his old Supervisorial seat and now holds his old Senate seat.
Correa’s candidacy for Supervisor is endorsed by the Democratic Party of Orange County, Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens, District Attorney-Public Administrator Tony Rackauckas, the Orange County Labor Federation (i.e. association of unions), the Orange County Employees Association (i.e. general public employee union), the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association (i.e. the fire union), and the Orange County Business Council.
- Chris Phan (R-Garden Grove), 40 years old (though he will turn 41 on January 14)
Phan has been a deputy district attorney for two years. He served on active duty in the United States Navy as a Judge Advocate General (anyone remember the TV show JAG?) from 2001-2008. He was a JAG defense attorney from 2001-2003, JAG prosecutor from 2003-2005, and served generally as a JAG attorney from 2005-2008. He is currently a lieutenant commander in the Navy reserve. Fleeing Vietnam as a child, Phan grew up in Indiana and has lived in Orange County for six years. He is a graduate of Indiana University and Southern Illinois University.
Phan was elected to the Garden Grove City Council two years ago. Ironically, Phan holds the exact same seat that Do held for three years.
- Chuyen Van Nguyen (NPP-Garden Grove), 65 years old
Nguyen is currently an anchor on VNA-TV (Vietnam America Television), Channel 57.3. He has previously been an aircraft parts manufacturing supervisor, marketing consultant, newspaper publisher (Tieng-Chuong), and staffer for former State Senator Joe Dunn (D-Santa Ana). He was a pilot in the South Vietnamese Air Force from 1970-1975 and was a Lieutenant when Saigon fell. Politically, he was active in various Vietnamese organizations in the early 1990s. After fleeing Vietnam, Nguyen settled in Texas before eventually moving to Westminster.
In 1998, Nguyen ran for Mayor of Westminster and came in fourth out of five candidates (Tony Lam won his third election to the City Council in that same election); Mayor Frank Fry was re-elected, beating Mayor Pro Tem Joy Neugebauer by 3.5%. (He now lives in Garden Grove.) Considering his poor finish in 1998 when he held greater name ID than he does now and considering he didn’t even have the $2500 to get a ballot statement, he is expected to only play spoiler in this election by splitting the Vietnamese vote.
- Lupe Morfin-Moreno (R-Santa Ana), 57 years old
Morfin-Moreno is currently an office specialist with the Orange County Health Care Agency. Politically, she is best known as an anti-illegal immigration activist and Minuteman. A former Central Committee member, she lost her Central Committee bids in both 2010 and 2012 (Central Committee members who were elected in 2012 now serve four-year terms, rather than two-year terms due to change in the California Elections Code, so the next Central Committee election is in 2016). A native Californian, Morfin-Moreno grew up in the First Supervisorial District, attending elementary, junior high, and high school in Santa Ana.
Morfin-Moreno previously ran for Mayor of Santa Ana in 2012 (coming in fourth out of six candidates), this same Supervisor’s seat in the 2007 special election (coming in ninth out of ten candidates after dropping out of the race), the State Senate in 2006 (losing the primary to Lynn Daucher, who then loss the general election to Correa), the Santa Ana Unified School District in 2002 (missing a seat by 486 votes) and in 2000 (coming in seventh of nine candidates).
Do, Correa, and Phan got ballot statements while Nguyen and Morfin-Moreno did not.
Here’s Do’s statement (assuming it isn’t challenged in court by December 26):
At the urging of many Orange County leaders, I decided to run for County Supervisor. My experience includes:
Orange County Judge Pro Tem; Deputy District Attorney; City Councilman; Small Business Owner; Orange County Supervisor’s Chief of Staff.
As a Deputy District Attorney, I spent eight years fighting to make our community safe, prosecuting violent criminals and sex offenders.
As your Supervisor, I will fight hard for:
Local businesses and job creation, higher educational standards, health care programs, less waste in government, strong public safety, and anti-gang programs. I oppose tax increases.
Serving as Chief of Staff to California State Senator and Supervisor Janet Nguyen gives me valuable experience and an in-depth understanding of issues facing our area. Senator Nguyen urged
me to run for Supervisor.
I have deep family roots in central Orange County, having attended Jordan Jr. High, Bolsa Grande High School and Santa Ana College. I’m a graduate of the University of California, Hastings School of Law.
U.S Representatives Ed Royce and Mimi Walters, Senators Janet Nguyen and Pat Bates, Assembly members Young Kim and Matt Harper and Supervisor Michelle Steel have all endorsed me and I would be honored to receive your vote. Please visit www.AndrewDo2015.com. Thank you.
Here’s Correa’s statement (assuming it isn’t challenged in court by December 26):
It’s been an honor to work for you as your State Senator. Now, I respectfully ask for your support as your County Supervisor.
In the Legislature, my priorities have been jobs, public safety and public education. My work has earned me endorsements from respected leaders and organizations, including:
Sheriff Sandra Hutchens
District Attorney Tony Rackauckas
Orange County Professional Firefighters Association
Orange County Business Council
I helped cut taxes on small businesses and stopped unnecessary regulations. As a result of my work, I’ve been honored by the Orange County Taxpayers Association and named the California Small Business Association’s “Legislator of the Year.”
I’ve made our schools better and safer. I brought more education money and local control back to Orange County. I also co-wrote the new law to protect our children from heinous crimes. That’s why the California School Boards Association made me their “Legislator of the Year”.
It’s been an honor to represent you during these difficult economic times. Now, I’d like to bring my understanding of our communities to work for you as County Supervisor.
No one will work harder. I respectfully ask for your vote.
For more information please visit: www.loucorrea.com
Here’s Phan’s statement (assuming it isn’t challenged in court by December 26):
Embracing our diversity. Uniting our community. Serving our people!
As a former refugee, I am blessed to live the American Dream! I have served our country with honor and pride as a Navy officer for over 14 years. I am currently serving our community as an Orange County Deputy District Attorney and a Garden Grove City Councilmember. I humbly ask for your support to become your 1st
District Orange County Supervisor.
Military experience and public service taught me that our strength lies in our diversity. Orange County is truly a melting pot of culture, background, and ethnicity. As Supervisor, I will work hard to attract businesses to our District, increase employment, provide greater safety for our community, and protect our resources.
Over many months, I have walked and met many of our District’s residents. I have listened, learned, and shared many ideas with our residents so that I will be well-equipped and prepared to serve our County to the best of my ability.
Please learn about my candidacy at www.votechrisphan.com. I would be honored to have your vote and support. Together, we will ensure a brighter future for our County and forge a better tomorrow for our families. Thank you!
(Cue my usual Nguyen disclaimer: Senator Janet Nguyen and candidate Chuyen Van Nguyen are not related to each other, and neither of them are related to me. The last name Nguyen is held by 36% of Vietnamese people.)