NOCCCD Special: Blount Defeats Hwangbo, Both Far Ahead of Billings and Salehi
Posted by Chris Nguyen on February 10, 2016
While 99.99% of people who were following election results yesterday were looking at the New Hampshire Presidential Primary, yesterday was also election day for the North Orange County Community College District, Trustee Area 3.
Cypress School Board Member Steve Blount (R) defeated La Palma Councilman Steve Hwangbo (R). They both came in far ahead of Southern California Edison Contract Manager Daniel Billings (NPP), who had been appointed to the NOCCCD seat until his appointment was overturned by petition in favor of the special election, and Buena Park Library Board Member Al Salehi (NPP), who had led the petition effort to overturn the Billings appointment and force this special election for the seat.
|NORTH ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 3, Short Term
|Completed Precincts: 82 of 82|
|STEPHEN T. BLOUNT||2,381||35.6%|
|DANIEL D. BILLINGS||1,246||18.6%|
|ALAN “AL” SALEHI||990||14.8%|
Blount’s entire margin of victory came from the city of Cypress. While he defeated Hwangbo in Anaheim and Buena Park, it was his Cypress landslide that enabled him to overcome Hwangbo’s massive lead in La Palma.
Blount beat Hwangbo in Anaheim by 104 votes (12.8%) and in Buena Park by 181 votes (5.2%). His 327-vote (29.3%) landslide over Hwangbo in Cypress was the key to overcoming Hwangbo’s 290-vote landslide (22.4%) in La Palma over Blount.
- In Anaheim, Blount won 42.1% while Hwangbo won 29.3%.
- In Buena Park, Blount won 31.8% while Hwangbo won 26.6%.
- In Cypress, Blount won 51.7% while Hwangbo won 22.4%.
- In La Palma, Blount won 28.3% while Hwangbo won 50.7%.
Billings was a consistent and distant third in all four cities while Salehi was a consistent fourth in all four cities.
There’s a certain irony that Salehi financed the effort to overturn the Billings appointment by petition to cause the special election, yet Salehi came in last and Billings came in third.