Who’s Endorsing Whom for City Council

The endorsements are in. Well, at least most of them.

Here’s the round-up of endorsements for City Council.

Neither the Orange County Democrat nor Republican parties are endorsing anyone in the race for San Juan Capistrano City Council.

A committee at the OC GOP considered the applications of incumbent Sam Allevato and Planning Commissioner Ginny Kerr, but decided to wait for its October meeting, so it may also consider former mayor Roy Byrnes and Kim McCarthy.

Then last week at a general OC GOP meeting, Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, R-Dana Point, tried to get the members at large to reconsider Allevato. They did not get the votes needed, and the motion was withdrawn.

Sam Allevato

Among the endorsements Allevato has received (he lists the OC GOP as “in process”), are:

  • State Senator Mimi Walters
  • Harkey
  • Orange County Supervisors Pat Bates, Bill Campbell, Shawn Nelson
  • OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens
  • Retired Sheriff Brad Gates
  • Currently on the City Council: Mayor Larry Kramer and Councilman John Taylor
  • Past Mayors: Wyatt Hart, Colleen Campbell, Diane Bathgate, Ken Friess, Gary Hausdorfer, Joe Soto and Councilman Tom Hribar
  • OC Association of Realtors
  • OC Firefighters Association
  • Building Industry Association

Ginny Kerr

Among the endorsements Kerr has received are:

  • Currently on the City Council: Kramer, council members Taylor and Laura Freese
  • Harkey
  • Walters
  • OC Board of Realtors
  • OC Fire Authority

Tom Marantz

Marantz reports that he did not receive any endorsements.

Roy Byrnes and Kim McCarthy

Neither candidate responded to a reporter’s inquiries. Melissa Abbott-Kaffen, who recently exited the field, has said she will put her support behind Byrnes and McCarthy. She wrote a blog explaining it.

The pair are running as the “common sense solutions” candidates and share a website http://www.commonsense4sjc.com/news. However, there is no listing of endorsements there.

Clint Worthington September 23, 2012 at 06:14 PM
How can Sam Allevato say his GOP endorsement is "in process"? The endorsement sub committee declined to endorse him. Instead they chose to wait to hear the other two candidates in October. Quite a slap in the face to a incumbent City Council member. So what does Sam do? He gets Diane Harkey to back him at the Central Committee meeting. Even with Diane Harkey standing next to Sam, it was obvious that Sam was not going to receive the two thirds vote needed for the endorsement. The Central Committee sent it back to the sub committee to so that the other two candidates could be hears also. The Central committee was not impressed with Sams history of raising taxes. A pledge he made to the Central Committee that he would not do. In addition, Ginny Kerr was sent back also to the sub committee. It appears the Central committee is feeling the same way as the residents of San Juan Capistrano. Please Sam go, just go.
Dusty W Otero September 23, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I want to see some democrat's in this race,,,why do we have to have a all Republican council..??
Lon Uso September 23, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Sam does not deserve the GOP endorsement. He is a big UNION guy and if you don't believe it just look at his voting record on the OC Fire Authority. He votes down the union line on every vote. Whether it is getting rid of the volunteers or salarie and benefits he is in the bag with the union that will ultimately either bankrupt the authority or cause the taxpayers to pony up more dough. Although it is true that at the meeting when the board decided to give the Union its biggest increase in pension benefits he did not vote to increase them but that was only because he was not at that, somewhat important, meeting. As a general rule, those folks that accepted the union's endorsement voted right down the union line i.e. against taxpayers!!!! If the central committee is smart, which it has not been for a long time, they should give San Juan a wide birth and endorse no one.
Lon Uso September 23, 2012 at 09:33 PM
you had Mark and Laura
V. Duvall September 23, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Because we live in south Orange County, Ca. Dusty. This is a Republican area. You Democrats should move along.
Lon Uso September 23, 2012 at 11:11 PM
that's kind of funny V. As a life long Republican now living in Northern Cal. i have heard similar words from some of the Dems, lol
Dusty W Otero September 24, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Thanks Lon,,,and this is now what ..ok from farmland,,,rivers flowing with water,,,and fish jumping into our nets,,,and You R...winger Republicans come in and Ruin it all...thanks transplants.....
Lon Uso September 24, 2012 at 01:06 AM
take it easy Dusty. all i said was that the majority party usually kicks the minority party around. In SJ the Reps rule and up here The Dems are like flees on an old dog. I like the fish and stuff
Dusty W Otero September 24, 2012 at 04:47 PM
I didnt mean u Lon...Its all good lol hope u get lots of rain up there and stay Cool brother...lol oh and your old house on sj creek lots of cars parked all up and down the street...see yaaa Mi Amigo....miss u
Lon Uso September 24, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Ruining one of the last real San Juan neighborhoods to please a bunch of lazy parents and students, oh well, I'm just riding my horses every day, playing golf river rafting and fishing in the American River. They say the best revenge is living well and I truly am living the life. Hope all is well with you Dusty, I like you even if you are a Democrat, lol


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