Shari Friedenrich: Orange County’s Next Treasurer

Huntington Beach city Treasurer Shari Friedenrich was elected county Treasurer on Tuesday night, defeating Deputy Treasurer Keith Rodenhuis, 54.6 percent to 45.4 percent, with all 2,080 precincts reporting.

The two were forced into a run-off after the June primary when they emerged as the leaders in a field of four.

The race for the county’s top financial post was thrown wide open in March when incumbent Treasurer/Tax Collector Chriss Street announced that he would not seek re-election after a judge ruled against him in a long-running civil fraud case that centered on his stewardship of a now-defunct trucking trust.

Supervisor John Moorlach, himself a former county treasurer, had supported Street four years before but after the fraud case he backed Friedenrich. Rodenhuis, Street’s deputy, led the June voting.