2022 Primary: Orange County Election Results

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Orange County resident turnout was 19.2 percent in the June 7 primary, according to unofficial results from the Orange County Registrar.

Out of 1,809,773 registered voters, 348,130 cast ballots—either by mail, submitting their ballot at a certified drop box, or by voting in person at a vote center.

Here are updated results, as of 5 p.m. June 8, per registrar officials. Updates will be provided at 5 p.m. on weekdays until July 7—at the latest—the last day the election must be certified.

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The Capitol Building in Washington on Feb. 26, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

U.S. Representative

38th District

Democrat Linda T. Sanchez with 47.1 percent of the vote as of Wednesday evening, will face off in the November general election against Republican Eric J. Ching, who had 37.9 percent of the vote. The district includes a portion of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, including the whole cities of Norwalk, Diamond Bar, Walnut, Montebello, Whittier, La Habra, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, Santa Fe Springs, and Pico Rivera, and portions of Downey, Pomona, and Industry.

40th District

Democrat Asif Mahmood received 40.2 percent of the vote will run in November against incumbent Republican Young Kim who received 33.5 percent of the vote. The district includes portions of Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, including the whole Cities of Aliso Viejo, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Tustin, and Villa Park, and portions of the cities of Anaheim, Brea, Chino Hills, Corona, Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods, Orange, and Yorba Linda.

45th District

Republican Michelle Steel with 49.8 percent of the vote will go head to head with Democratic challenger Jay F. Chen, who had 40.2 percent of the vote. The district includes portions of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, including the whole cities of Artesia, Buena Park, Cerritos, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Hawaiian Gardens, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Placentia, and Westminster, and portions of the cities of Brea, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Lakewood, and Yorba Linda.

46th District

Democrat Lou Correa, with 48.7 percent of the vote, will face Republican Christoper J. Gonzales with 15.5 percent of the vote in November. The district includes a portion of Orange County, including the whole cities of Santa Ana and Stanton, and portions of Anaheim, Fullerton, Garden Grove, and Orange.

47th District

Democrat Katie Porter took 51.1 percent of the vote in the primary and will now face off with Republican Scott Baugh, who received 39.9 percent of the vote. The district includes a portion of Orange County, including the whole cities of Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Newport Beach, and Seal Beach, and portions of Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, and Laguna Woods.

49th District

Mike Levin (D) received 43.1 percent of the vote during the June 7 primary and will face Republican Lisa A. Bartlett in November, who received 18.2 percent of the primary vote. The district includes portions of Orange and San Diego Counties, including the whole cities of Carlsbad, Dana Point, Del Mar, Encinitas, Laguna Niguel, Oceanside, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Solana Beach, and Vista, and a portion of Laguna Beach.

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The California State Capitol building in Sacramento on April 18, 2022. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

California Senate

30th District

Republican Mitch Clemmons with 51.9 percent of the vote will be challenged in November by Democrat Bob Archuleta, who received 29.2 percent. The district includes the whole cities of Bellflower, Diamond Bar, Downey, Industry, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, La Puente, Montebello, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, Walnut, and Whittier, and portions of the cities of Brea, Placentia, and West Covina.

32nd District

Republican Kelly Seyarto, with 69.1 percent of the primary vote, will go head to head with Brian Nash, a Democrat, who received 30.9 percent. The district includes the whole cities of Canyon Lake, Chino Hills, Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Norco, Temecula, and Wildomar, portions of the cities of Brea, Corona, Menifee, Riverside, and Yorba Linda.

34th District

Democrat Tom Umberg received 56.7 percent of the vote and will run in the primary against Republican Rhonda Shader, who received 43.2 percent of the vote. The district includes the whole city of La Habra, and portions of the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Orange, Placentia, and Santa Ana.

36th District

Republican Janet Nguyen won 57.2 percent of the vote and will meet Kim Carr, a Democrat, and a current Huntington Beach City Councilwoman, in the primary. Carr received 42.7 percent of the vote. The district includes the whole Cities of Artesia, Cerritos, Cypress, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Hawaiian Gardens, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, San Clemente, Seal Beach, Stanton, and Westminster, and portions of the cities of Buena Park and Garden Grove.

38th District

Republican Matt Gunderson, who received 55.5 percent of the vote as of June 8, will go head to head against Catherine Blakespear, a Democrat, who received 41.2 percent of the vote. A second Democrat—Joe Kerr—ran in the primary and received 13.2 percent of the vote. The district includes the whole cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Juan Capistrano, Solana Beach, and Vista, and portions of the city of San Diego.

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The California flag in Newport Beach, Calif., on Aug. 25, 2021. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

California Assembly

59th District

With no one else on the ballot, Republican Phillip Chen has won this seat, with 34,613 votes.The district includes the whole Cities of Chino Hills, Brea, Placentia, Yorba Linda, and Villa Park, as well as portions of the cities of Anaheim, Fullerton, Orange, and Chino.

64th District

Republican Raul Ortiz Jr. with 45.1 percent of the vote, will face off in November against Rose Espinoza, a Democrat, who received 22.2 percent of the vote. The district includes the whole cities of Santa Fe Springs, Bell Gardens, Downey, La Mirada, Bell, Norwalk, Cudahy, and La Habra.

67th District

Democrat Sharon Quirk-Silva with 46.5 percent of the vote, will run in November against Republican Soo Yoo, who received 39.9 percent of the vote. The district includes the whole cities of Cerritos, La Palma, Hawaiian Gardens, Artesia, Buena Park, and Cypress, as well as portions of the cities of Fullerton and Anaheim.

68th District

Avelino Valencia, a Democrat and current Anaheim City Councilman, received 49.5 percent of the vote. He will face off in November against Republican Mike Tardif, who received 24 percent of the vote. The district includes portions of the cities of Santa Ana, Orange, and Anaheim.

70th District

Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen, a Democrat with 38.5 percent of the vote, will run in November against Tri Ta, a Republican, with 22.3 percent of the vote. The district includes the whole cities of Westminster, Stanton, Los Alamitos, Fountain Valley, and Garden Grove, as well as portions of the cities of Seal Beach, Santa Ana, and Huntington Beach.

71st District

Only two candidates ran in the primary—both Republicans. Matt Rahn received 51.8 percent of the vote and Kate Sanchez, 48.1 percent. The two will be on the ballot again in November. The district includes the
whole Cities of Wildomar, Murrieta, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Temecula.

72nd District

Judie Mancuso, a Democrat, and Republican Diane Dixon are in a tight race in the primary with 43.8 percent and 42.1 percent, respectively. The two will advance to the November general election. The district includes the whole cities of Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo, Newport Beach, Laguna Woods, Laguna Beach, and Lake Forest, as well as portions of the cities of Seal Beach and Huntington Beach.

73nd District

Democrat Cottie Petrie-Norris will face Republican Steven Choi in the November general election, with 54.4 percent and 45.6 percent votes in the primary respectively. The district includes the whole cities of Costa Mesa and Irvine, as well as portions of the city of Tustin.

74th District

Laurie Davis, a Republican has a comfortable lead over Democrat Chris Duncan, with 57.1 percent votes compared to Duncan’s 42.8 percent. The two will meet again in the November election. The district includes the whole cities of Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, Oceanside, San Juan Capistrano, Vista, and San Clemente and issues related to the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base.

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“In God We Trust” hangs in the meeting area of the Orange County Board of Education in Costa Mesa, Calif., on Oct. 7, 2020. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

Education

Orange County Superintendent of Schools

Incumbent Al Mijares continues to lead challenger Stefan Bean, with 54.9 percent of the vote to Bean’s 45 percent. This race will be decided by the primary. There is no advancement to the general election.

Orange County Board of Education Trustee (Area 2)

Incumbent Mari Barke will retain her seat with 59.9 percent of the vote over challengers Martha Fluor, with 30 percent, and Christopher R. Ganiere, with 9.9 percent. This race is decided in the primary.

Orange County Board of Education Trustee (Area 4, Short Term)

Tim Shaw will win this seat with 50.9 percent of the vote, compared to the next highest vote-getter, Paulette Chaffee who received 30 percent of the vote.

Orange County Board of Education Trustee (Area 5)

Incumbent Lisa Sparks will retain her seat after beating challenger Sherine Smith by a vote of 65.3 percent to 34.6 percent.

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The Orange County Board of Supervisors meets in Santa Ana, Calif., on Aug. 25, 2020. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

Orange County Supervisor

Orange County Supervisor 2nd District

Vicente Sarmiento continues to lead in this race with 32.3 percent of the votes, compared to Kim Nguyen at 23.3 percent and Jon Dumitru with 17.7 percent. The top two vote getters will face off in November.

Orange County Supervisor 4th District

A close race, Sunny Park currently with 35.5 percent of the vote, compared to incumbent Doug Chaffee, with 33.2 percent, and Steven Vargas with 31.1 percent.

Orange County Supervisor 5th District

Katrina Foley and Patricia Bates appear to be headed to a runoff in November with 41.2 percent and 23 percent of the vote respectively. In third place is Diane Harkey with 18.4 percent followed by Kevin Muldoon with 17.2 percent.

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The Orange County District Attorney’s Office in Santa Ana, Calif., on Oct. 22, 2020. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

Other Orange County Offices

Assessor

Claude Parrish, incumbent, will retain his seat with 71.5 percent of the vote.

Auditor-Controller

Andrew N. Hamilton, with no competitors, was elected with 249,890 votes.

Clerk-Recorder

Incumbent Hugh Nguyen will also retain his seat winning 83.8 percent of the vote, over challengers Sandy Kimble and Steve Rocco with 8.5 percent and 7.5 percent votes respectively.

District Attorney

Incumbent Todd Spitzer has retained his position as Orange County D.A. with 64.1 percent of the vote over second place challenger Pete Hardin, who received 18.9 percent of the vote.

Sheriff-Coroner

With no competitors, incumbent Sheriff Don Barnes has been reelected with 267,802

Treasurer-Tax Collector

With no competitors, incumbent Shari L. Freidenrich has won reelection with 269,099.

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An official vote-by-mail ballot packet in Irvine, Calif., on May 16, 2022. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

Ballot Measures

Huntington Beach Measure A (Cannabis Business Tax)

This measure needed a 2/3rds approval, which it has received, with 66.4 percent of the vote.

Newport Beach Measure B (Direct Election of Mayor)

A measure that would allow voters to elect the mayor of Newport Beach appears headed to defeat with 58.9 percent no votes compared to 41 percent yes votes.

Westminster Measure C (Eliminate Office of Elective Mayor and Increase Councilors from 4 to 5)

This measure also appears to be headed to defeat with no votes at 60.2 percent and yes at 39.7 percent.

Epoch Times Staff

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