Todd Spitzer, a former OC prosecutor, state assemblyman and county supervisor, announced Wednesday his intention to run for his former seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
That seat, now held by County Supervisor Bill Campbell, opens up next year.
Spitzer has told supporters that he’s running for the seat because he has the experience to hit the ground running and help the county manage it’s way through one of the toughest economic conditions in history.
Spitzer’s run will be well-funded — he has more than $1 million in his state assembly campaign accounts that can be transferred for use in a local race.
Spitzer made news last year when he was fired by as assistant district attorney by District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. The episode became a political firestorm after it was revealed that Spitzer was fired for looking into a case being handled by Orange County Public Administrator/Public Guardian John Williams.
The Board of Supervisors has since hired an executive to take Williams’ responsibilities as public administrator and stripped him of his public guardian job. Supervisors are currently in negotiations with Williams regarding his resignation.
Spitzer’s early endorsements include: Orange Mayor Carolyn Cavecche (who had been rumored as a front runner for the Third District seat), Sheriff Sandra Hutchens supervisors Pate Bates and Janet Nguyen and Orange County Business Council President and CEO Lucy Dunn.
Its looking like Spitzer’s competition will include former Republican state assemblyman Chuck DeVore, who has a post on his website stating that he has formed an exploratory committee for a possible run.
— NORBERTO SANTANA