MOORLACH CAMPAIGN UPDATE — June Primary – Part One — May 18, 2016

The June 7th Primary is just around the corner. So, it’s time for me to give some voting recommendations. The OC Register‘s piece below provides an opening.

In the 55th Assembly District, I have endorsed Mike Spence. Since I am a member of the Orange County Republican Party and the California Republican Party, I can only endorse Republican candidates. I have known Mike Spence more than 23 years. In fact, he contributed to my 1994 campaign against former Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Robert L. "Bob" Citron, which puts him in a very rare and special circle of friends. Consequently, I have his name in bold.

For a good second choice, which would have the name in italics, is Chino Hills Councilman Ray Marquez. His nephew works in my Capitol Office, so I have some familiarity with him, but his public employee union support makes a stronger recommendation difficult. The Republican candidates with which I have no relationship are provided in normal print, Steve Tye and Phillip Chen.

Allow me to provide you with my endorsement rules, of sorts, and my recommendations for partisan executive and legislative offices at the bottom.

Rule 1: I can only endorse Republicans. Such is the joy of being in a partisan office and a member of both the Orange County Republican Party and the California Republican Party.

Rule 2: If I have endorsed, or if I plan to endorse, a candidate, that individual is provided in bold.

Rule 3: If there are two or more good candidates in the race, and I have decided not to endorse because I have a relationship with them, I will lay off and list them in italics.

Rule 4: If I am unsure and have not endorsed, but believe there is a good choice or good second choice, I will also list these candidates in italics.

Rule 5: Sometimes there are Republican candidates and I have no position, knowledge of their qualifications, or am not particularly comfortable with, I will list them in normal font.

Five candidates want Assembly 55 seat Ling Ling Chang is leaving behind


With no incumbent in the race, five candidates are vying for an open seat in the 55th Assembly District – one amassing a campaign war chest four times that of his opponents.

Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang, newly elected in 2014, is vying for a seat in the California Senate, leaving open her spot in the district that straddles three counties – Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Orange counties – and includes parts of Brea, La Habra, Placentia and Yorba Linda.

Hoping to replace her are four Republicans: Walnut Valley Unified School District board member Phillip Chen,Chino Hills Councilman Ray Marquez, West Covina Councilman Mike Spence and Diamond Bar CouncilmanSteve Tye. The lone Democrat running is Gregg Fritchle, a Los Angeles County social worker.

Republicans have an 8 percentage point advantage in voter registration in the district, according to

The top two vote-getters during June’s primary advance to a runoff in November’s general election, regardless of party.

Some of the names should sound familiar. Chen, Fritchle and Tye ran for the same seat in 2014. Fritchle was the runner-up.

Chen, who raised more than $600,000 for his unsuccessful 2014 bid, came in third in the 2014 primary.

He again is raising the most money, with about $269,000 as of the latest campaign finance reports on April 23.

By contrast, Tye, a financial adviser, showed more than $70,000 in contributions as of April 23 – the second-largest amount.

Chen, a businessman and former health policy adviser to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, said he does not expect this race to get as expensive as the 2014 campaign.

To Chen, the district’s most important issue is public safety. He said he wants to see “a dramatic restructuring of mental health laws” in California. He also wants less regulation and more help to aid small-business owners.

Tye, an active community member in Diamond Bar for almost three decades, said he has three top issues he would address as assemblyman. The first is “protecting” Proposition 13. “Prop. 13 made it possible for my parents to stay in the house I grew up in,” Tye said.

Tye said he also wants to address the voter initiative that reduces penalties for some crimes – “an absolute disaster” – and protect small businesses he said are leaving California because of too many restrictions.

Spence, a chief of staff to San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman, said he would address “the nanny state” in Sacramento.

Legislators “want to approve everything from the boardroom to the bathroom,” Spence said. And “illegal immigration is not addressed at all.”

Marquez, a firefighter of 28 years, cited emergency preparedness and transportation as his top district issues. He wants to see roads and bridges upgraded and greater statewide emergency coordination. Statewide, water is the biggest concern, he said.

“We need reservoirs to store more water, (and) to transfer water from the north to the south,” Marquez said.

Fritchle said his top issue in the district is traffic, particularly along the 60 freeway, where he would like to see underused service roads turned into roadways for big-rigs now using the freeway. He’s also concerned about the state’s economy, which he said is propped up with temporary tax money raised through the voter-approved Proposition 30, which is set to expire in 2019.

Of the five candidates, Chen has amassed the lengthiest list of endorsements, including from former Gov. Pete Wilson, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

Tye’s endorsements include Yorba Linda Mayor Tom Lindsey and Yorba Linda Councilman Gene Hernandez. Spence is endorsed by state Sens. John Moorlach, Mike Morrell and Joel Anderson, among others. Marquez is endorsed by the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association and the California Professional Firefighters.

Fritchle said his endorsements include the Democratic Party of Orange County and Rose Espinoza, founder of Rosie’s Garage Tutoring Center in La Habra.

Contact the writer: rkopetman

U.S. President
U.S. Senator
GREG CONLON Businessman/Attorney/CPA
THOMAS G. DEL BECCARO Business Attorney/Author
DUF SUNDHEIM Small Businessman/Mediator
RON UNZ Entrepreneur/Writer/Publisher
PHIL WYMAN Attorney/Businessman/Rancher
U.S. Representative – 38th District
RYAN DOWNING Evangelist/Community Organizer
U.S. Representative – 39th District
ED ROYCE U.S. Representative, 39th District
U.S. Representative – 45th District
MIMI WALTERS U.S. Representative, 45th District
GREG RATHS Retired Marine Colonel
U.S. Representative – 46th District
LYNN SCHOTT Educator/Business Owner
LOUIE A. CONTRERAS Businessman/Realtor
RODOLFO RUDY GAONA Small Business Owner
BOB PETERSON Orange County Sheriff’s Commander
U.S. Representative – 47th District
ANDY WHALLON Engineer/Entrepreneur
SANFORD W. KAHN Small Business Owner
U.S. Representative – 48th District
DANA ROHRABACHER U.S. Representative, 48th District
U.S. Representative – 49th District
DARRELL ISSA Member, U.S. House of Representatives
California State Senate – 29th District
LING LING CHANG State Assemblywoman
California State Senate – 37th District
JOHN M. W. MOORLACH California State Senator
California State Assemblymember – 55th District
RAY MARQUEZ Small Business Owner
MIKE SPENCE Taxpayer Advocate/Councilman
STEVEN M. TYE Small Businessman
PHILLIP CHEN Small Business Owner
California State Assemblymember – 65th District
YOUNG KIM Orange County Assemblywoman
California State Assemblymember – 68th District (See below)
HARRY SIDHU Orange County Business Owner
ALEXIA DELIGIANNI-BRYDGES Small Businesswoman/Educator
STEVEN S. CHOI Mayor/Orange County Businessman
DEBORAH PAULY Small Businesswoman
KOSTAS RODITIS Businessman/City Commissioner
California State Assemblymember – 69th District
OFELIA VELARDE-GARCIA Orange County Executive Aide
California State Assemblymember – 72nd District
TRAVIS ALLEN Orange County Assemblyman/Businessman
California State Assemblymember – 73rd District
WILLIAM (BILL) BROUGH Small Businessman/Assemblyman
California State Assemblymember – 74th District
KATHERINE DAIGLE Small Business Owner
MATTHEW HARPER Member of the State Assembly, 74th District

NOTE: The Sidhu campaign has issued a mailer that is unconscionable, misleading and inappropriate. This campaign methodology is unacceptable. Innuendo and false implication is unseemly, and this Republican is repulsed by it.


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