Multiple candidates have thrown themselves into the fray, vying for the position of District 5 Orange County Supervisor. Some polling suggests that Republican State Senator Pat Bates is leading the race. Bates entered the race and raised over $200,000 in one week.
Bates’ calling card has been her tough approach on crime. Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes presented Bates the Sheriff’s Aware for writing legislation aimed at enhancing community safety. Specifically Barnes highlighted Bates’ dedication to cracking down on fentanyl trade and increasing punishments for violent sex offenders and felons.
The ulterior Republican option is financial consultant Diane Harkey. Harkey has been a part of the California Legislature and was most recently elected to California’s State Board of Equalization. She says she will act as a taxpayer advocate if she is elected to serve as supervisor in the upcoming election.
Meanwhile, the top Democrat is District 2 Orange County Supervisor and former Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley. Foley also finds herself fending off alleged scandals herself. Reports surfaced that Foley sent her son to China on a trip that was publicly funded. The SoCal Daily Pulse claimed that Foley received funding from the Costa Mesa city manager on the basis of a supposed city program with Shanghai. The trip in question allegedly took place in 2016 and featured seven students from Costa Mesa High School.
And finally, Newport Beach City Councilman Kevin Muldoon who has campaigned against raising taxes and slashing regulations.