Sun. Apr 21st, 2024

Jose Solorio no mustache

Jose Solorio no longer has to fly to Sacramento every week to do business in the State Legislature, having termed out as our Assemblyman in the 69th Assembly District.  Reportedly he has his eyes on State Senator Lou Correa’s seat in the 34th State Senate District, which will open up in 2014.

Solorio was just elected to the Rancho Santiago Community College District’s Board of Education, where he was quickly appointed the Board Vice President.  He might be the most overqualified School Board Trustee in Orange County – but it is great to see him leading a new Latino majority on a board that once was almost lily white.

But can Solorio win in 2014?  Already there is word that the unions are still up in arms because he supported Tom Daly over Julio Perez in the race for the 69th Assembly District this year.  Perez lost in the primary by the margin of votes taken by a guy named Francisco Barragan.  But Perez blames Solorio, not Barragan.  Rumor has it that Perez will run against Solorio in 2014, just to split the Latino vote.

Joe Dovinh told me he too would be running for Correa’s seat.  Dovinh ran unsuccessfuly for the 72nd Assembly District this year, losing in the primary.  He is a Planning Commissioner in Garden Grove, where his wife Dina is a Council Member.

Supervisor Janet Nguyen won re-election this year and could run for Correa’s seat without risking anything.  The 34th is fairly well split now between the Republicans and the Democrats.  With several Democrats in the mix Nguyen could have a good shot at the seat.

I don’t expect any of the Santa Ana City Council Members to run for Correa’s seat.  New Mayor Pro Tem Sal Tinajero will likely challenge Daly in the 69th Assembly District Primary.  Even if Tinajero loses he will be able to run that fall for re-election to the Santa Ana City Council.

You have to figure that Solorio’s fellow RSCCD Trustee Claudia Alvarez is a potential candidate for Correa’s seat too.  But she is likely too smart to jump into such a crowded race.  I could see her running though for Nguyen’s seat when it come available.

So can Solorio pull it out?  Don’t count him out.  He is a formidable campaigner and can raise money like few other O.C. politicians.  A lot of his fellow Democrats in Sacramento owe him plenty of favors too.  It won’t be easy, but he most certainly can win in 2014.

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9 thoughts on “Can Solorio take Correa’s State Senate seat in 2014?”
  1. Jose is the best campaigner in Santa Ana if not Orange County. He’s also humble and has not gotten cocky like 99.99% of all elected officials. He will run and he will win and our city will be lucky to have him.

    1. I agree. He has a huge advantage over the other candidates. Perez in particular stands to look like an even bigger goof than he already is if he runs for this office. It will be another black eye for O.C. labor.

  2. At the first Daly misstep against His constituentcy, Claudia will announce a run for Daly’s seat. I don’t think Democrat Latinos will shoot themselves again.

    I think Jose Solorio has an uphill climb given he pissed off some of the unions but many trade unions will probably send money his way in a primary challenge depending on the number of Latino candidates. what is Jose doing for a living? I heard that his wife actually worked for Daly as a temporary worker. with Daly moving to the Assembly, has that job ended or was that just a rumor?

    how about top School board candidate Cecilia Iglesias ? she has previous ran for a national office and she seems to have a great name I’d?

  3. Jim Silva will be going after this seat as well, but a boring, ineffective old white guy won’t have much of a chance.

    1. Jim Silva, like Lou Correa, has never been called to the carpet for voting for the union giveaways as a OC Supervisor. Since Jim is the Republican, I see a strong Republicsn candidate making a good argument about his lack of foresight. But then again, this has not made an impact in his assembly campaign so did it matter to the Republican constituents.

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