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  • Friday, August 08, 2014


    SPECIAL REPORT: Surprise candidates

    eLECTION Watch 2014
    a service of Orange Net News /O/N/N/
    Greater Orange Complete list of November candidates -
    Friday's filing deadline produces surprises...
    with two last minute OUSD candidates

    Two last minute candidates pulled and filed in two Orange Unified races today, Friday August 8, the last day of filing.

    Florice Hoffman, Esq
    Orange Attorney Florice Hoffman pulled and filed to run in OUSD Trustee Area 5 against Trustee Timothy Surridge.  Hoffman had run in 2008 (CLICK HERE: HOFFMAN) in Trustee Area 3 in a three person race against Dr. Alexia Deligianni and Jerry Winant. Hoffman came in third with 31.5%. Her vote, together with Winant's 33.5%,  meant 65% of the voters cast ballots for someone other than the winner Deligianni who won with 35% of the vote.
    Dr. Tim Perez
    Pulling papers and filing in Trustee Area 7 to face Trustee Rick Ledesma and controversial former OUSD Trustee Steve Rocco is Dr. Tim Perez, an Assistant  Professor of Information Management Systems at Brandam University- part of the Chapman University System. 

    Perez is clearly Orange Unified's first 21st Century Trustee candidate.

    A highly regarded renown IT specialist, Perez has an impressive resume that includes: graduating from Santiago Canyon College with an Associate in Science Degree in Computer Information Systems; a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Chapman University; a Master of Science Degree in Information Systems from National University; and a Doctor of Science Degree in Information Systems with a specialization in Information Assurance and Computer Security from Dakota State University. 

    Also filing last minute, and also an educator at Brandam University, was OUSD Area 1 Trustee Diane Singer.  No other candidates filed in her race, so Singer will be automatically considered elected and will not have to mount a campaign.  

    Pulling papers and filing on the last day requires an enormous amount of planning and organization.  With the control of the OUSD Board majority at stake after four years of controversy, the introduction of the two highly educated and qualified candidates on the last day is sure to create a major buzz and appears to have been highly coordinated. 

    Surridge who worked hard in two years as Board President to develop the Peralta Site property caused wide-spread push back from across the Greater Orange Communities. Surridge's announced second term agenda that included exploring eliminating two trustee seats was widely panned and got nowhere. In addition, his Board Presidencies have been widely characterized  as condescending to the women  trustees and numerous community leaders. Now, having a well connected women as an opponent could prove to be a big problem for someone who often appeared as a bully toward women during Board meetings.

    Trustee Rick Ledesma
    Meanwhile, Ledesma, one of two Hispanic males and the longest serving Trustee currently on the Board, now has a young, smart, handsome, high tech 21st Century opponent with more education than most of the current top OUSD  Administrators-who also happens to be Hispanic. In an election widely expected to have a large number of women voters, this could be the Hispanic version of the Kennedy-Nixon election.

    The potential problems of both Ledesma and Surridge can be seen in this video:

    In other races, Eugene Fields did file for a run for Orange Mayor against popular Mayor Tita Smith.  Two of the five candidates running for Orange City Council are women.

    In Villa Park, incumbent Councilwomen Diana Fascenelli is running for reelection with five men competing for 3 seats.

    Orange Net News would like to thank the following indispensable public servants for making these vital  candidate updates possible and helping our democracy work: Orange City Clerk Mary Murphy and her staff; Villa Park City Manager and City Clerk Jarad Hildenbrand and his staff; and the Orange County Registrar of Voters office.

    eLECTION Watch 2014

    Finale summary
    Orange Mayor's Race
    Tita Smith- Filed Papers
    Eugene Fields-Filed Papers

    Orange City Council Seats (2)
    Jon Dumitru -Filed Papers
    Kimberlee "Kim"Nichols -Filed Papers
    Fred Whitaker-Filed Papers
    Gayle Merino-Filed Papers
    Ray Grangoff- Filed Papers

    Villa Park City Council Seats (3)
    Diana Fascenelli-Filed Papers
    Robert "Bob" Collacott- Filed Papers
    Bill Nelson-Filed Papers
    Sanjay Khetani- Pulled Papers
    Stephen Miller- Pulled Papers
    Karl Kreutziger-Pulled Papers            
    Tony Murray-Pulled Papers

    Orange Unified School District
    Trustee Area 1
    Diane Singer- Filed Papers

    Trustee Area 4
    Kathy Moffat- Filed Papers
    Brian G. Harrington-Filed Papers
    Larry Cohn- Filed Papers
    Zachary Collins-Pulled Papers

    Trustee Area 5
    Timothy Surridge- Filed Papers
    Florence Hoffman- Filed Papers

    Trustee Area 7
    Rick Ledesma -Filed Papers
    Steve Rocco- Filed Papers
    Tim Perez-Filed Papers

    Rancho Santiago College District Seat 4
    Robert Douglas - Filed Papers
    Lawrence R "Larry" Labrado- Filed Papers
    Trung Quang Nguyen- Filed Papers

    Serrano Water Dist, Div. 1 Seat
    RICHARD A. "RICH" FRESCHI- Filed Papers
    BRAD REESE- Filed Papers

    Silverado-Modjeska, Recreation and Park Dist  Seats (3)
    GREG BATES - Filed Papers
    JOANNE HUBBLE - Filed Papers
    DEBORAH JOHNSON - Filed Papers
    LINDA KEARNS - Filed Papers
    PHIL MCWILLIAMS - Filed Papers
    RON SHEPSTON - Filed Papers
    KEVIN W. TOPP - Filed Papers

    Silverado-Modjeska, Rec/Pk Dist, Short Term  Seat
    LISA COLLINS- Filed Papers
    JOHN OLSON- Filed Papers

    Trabuco Canyon Water, Dist 3 - Seats (3)
    ED MANDICH- Filed Papers
    MIKE SAFRANSKI- Filed Papers

    GLEN ACOSTA-Filed Papers

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