Thu. Oct 6th, 2022

It looks like Steve Rocco is back.  According to Santa Ana neighborhood leader Connie Hamilton, Rocco has pulled papers to run for Ward 3 on the Santa Ana City Council.  He previously ran for Ward 3 back in 2008.



Here is a rundown of the many races Rocco has been involved in over the years:

  • Nov 7, 2000 – Ran against Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido.  Got 5,733 votes according to Smart Voter.
  • Nov. 5, 2002 – Ran against Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee John Hanna.  Got 19,247 votes according to Smart Voter.
  • Nov. 2, 2004 – Ran against Phil Martinez for the Orange Unified School District’s Board of Education.  Rocco won this race with 33,503 votes according to Smart Voter.  Red County blogger Matt Cunningham admitted afterwards that he voted for Rocco rather than vote for his Latino Democrat opponent.
  • Nov. 7, 2006 – Ran against Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee John Hanna.  Got 20,234 votes according to Smart Voter.
  • Nov. 4, 2008 – Ran against Santa Ana Council Member Carlos Bustamante.  Got 9,344 votes according to Smart Voter.
  • June 8, 2010 – Ran against O.C. Public Administrator John Williams.  Got 39,381 votes according to Smart Voter.
  • Nov. 2, 2010 – Ran against Orange Unified School District Trustee Rick Ledesma.  Got 15,148 votes according to Smart Voter.
  • June 5, 2012 – Ran against Supervisor Janet Nguyen, O.C. Board of Supervisors, District 1.  Got 12,902 votes according to Smart Voter.

With Rocco’s entry into the crowded Ward 3 race there are now five announced candidates, including Planning Commissioner Eric Alderete, Orange County Middle Manager Charles Hart, Irvine policeman Shane Barrows and former Santa Ana Council Member Brett Franklin.  With only one Latino in the race you have to figure Alderete is a slam dunk to win in November.

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.

10 thoughts on “Steve Rocco becomes fifth candidate to announce for Ward 3”
  1. I hear Alderete has a lot of art appreciation. (real art not that Art). And that he is a fan of U.A.S.A.

  2. Ok this is great, the political climate in santa ana is just right for a steve rocco win and he has my vote. At least with rocco you know what you get he will Never bow down to the tiny dark lord. Never!

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