Sat. Oct 1st, 2022
Two winners – U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez and Pres. Barack Obama

Fullerton residents are in shock today as they deal with the fact that Assemblyman Chris Norby now needs a job, having lost to Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk-Silva. She ran an aggressive campaign and made heavy use of social media. Norby, on the other hand, seemed to be trying to coast to victory.



While Quirk-Silva’s victory is a great one for Orange County’s Latino voters, I am saddened to see that the 69th Assembly District is now represented by Tom Daly. There is no way he will win re-election in two years, but for now we are stuck with him.

Here is a rundown of how the County’s other Latino candidates fared in the Nov. 6 general election:

  • Daly beat a Latino, Jose Moreno, whose campaign was undermined when labor forces went after him as a Hatch Act violator. That obscure Federal law prevents some municipal workers from running for legislative seats.
  • Christina Avalos lost in the 68th AD, to Don Wagner.
  • In Santa Ana, U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez easily beat her carpetbagging GOP opponent, Jerry Hayden, in the 46th Congressional District.
  • OC GOP Central Committee member Thomas Gordon was soundly defeated in the Rancho Santiago Community College District’s Board of Trustees election, in Area 3, by Nelida Yanez, a Democrat. She will join Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez, the winner in Area 5, and Assemblyman Jose Solorio, the winner in Area 1, on a Board of Trustees now dominated by Latinos.
  • Republican Ceci Iglesias fared better than Gordon as she won a seat on the SAUSD School Board. Incumbent Jose Alfredo Hernandez was also re-elected.

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By Editor

Art Pedroza started Orange County's first political blog, the Orange Juice, back in 2003. He now publishes the top civic blog in Orange County - New Santa Ana, plus other blogs including New Anaheim, New Fullerton and the Irvine News Blog, as well as the OC Politics Blog.

6 thoughts on “How Latino candidates fared in the O.C. Nov. 6 general election”
  1. Congratulations to all Latino candidates! Our coummunity is coming together in a beautiful way and it shows in the election results. Let’s support more Latino candidates in two years and continue this exciting movement which cannot be stopped. Felicidades!

  2. Art, How about a post with updates on the Rancho Alvarez vs Mclauphlin race. Is it over or are they still counting votes? I checked yesterday and it seems to be getting closer. What’s up with that one? Recount? You go girl!

  3. @Falcon 89 – does it really matter if the candidate is Latino, African American or whatever? Pushing for the best qualified candidate should be your goal to “continue this exciting movement.” Your comments border on racism and if an Anglo made a similar comment about “white” candidates he or she would be chastised unmercifully. Are you saying you would support ilk like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio because just because he’s a Latino?

  4. I am very excited that Cecilia “Ceci” Iglesias is one of the top vote getters in the SAUSD race. This goes to tell you that you don’t need all the money. You need determination to win. I know for a fact that Ceci walked day and night and had volunteers helping her reach out to the voters. She had no mailers like the other 4 candidates but She reached out to the voters face to face.

    I believe that Cecilia and Angelica’s story is pretty much the same. They both focused on the Voters (face to face) and they were determined and both won.
    Congratulations to Angelica Amezcua.

    Thank you Art for finally accepting Ceci and clarifying the rumors that were said about her.

    Most importantly, thank God and to all the VOTERS that voted for her. Thank you for believing in her.

    I can’t wait until the swearing in ceremony. We hope to see you all there.

  5. “I believe that Cecilia and Angelica’s story is pretty much the same.”

    The only truth in above comments. I’ll let other readers connect the dots as to why.

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