Whitaker: Republicans’ Path Toward Prosperity For Orange County

Fred Whitaker, Chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County

As Chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County, I am excited about our prospects going into the 2018 midterm elections. While 2016 was a challenging election cycle for Republicans in California, I am encouraged by the success we achieved here locally. The press doesn’t often report on these victories:

  • 62,000 more Orange County Republicans than Democrats voted in the November general election.
  • Despite losing the county, Donald Trump received 80,000 more votes in Orange County than all Democrat votes in the county.
  • Republicans continued to hold nearly two-thirds of all elected offices in the county
  • Orange County Republicans pulled Congressman Darrell Issa to victory by turning out a 17,000 vote margin in Orange County, allowing him to win by 1900 votes district wide.
  • Orange County Republicans held unanimous control of the Board of Supervisors with the successful re-election of Supervisor Andrew Do in a seat with 18% more registered Democrats.
  • Orange County Republicans helped Santa Ana Unified School District Trustee Cecilia Iglesias secure her reelection by earning the highest number of votes in her race and withstanding hundreds of thousands of union dollars spent against her.

Our focus for 2018 will again include races throughout Orange County, including Senate District 34, Assembly District 65, and Supervisorial District 4. The successful re-election of Senator Janet Nguyen in Senate District 34 is critical. In 2014, the Democrats and the unions spent over $5,000,000 to defeat Senator Nguyen – and they failed. Victory in Assembly District 65 and unseating Sharon Quirk-Silva is critical to stopping the Democrats’ supermajority from raising taxes. Electing a strong Republican to succeed termed-out Supervisor Shawn Nelson is essential to good governance and keeping the Orange County Board of Supervisors 100% Republican. I can say with conviction that the Republican Party will be working very hard to ensure that our eventual nominees in those races will be prepared and equipped to win.

While the Republican Party still leads in voter registration countywide, we do face changing demographics and an ongoing challenge with Democratic voter registration outpacing us in large swaths of Northern Orange County. This is a dynamic that impacts Senate District 34, Assembly District 65 and Supervisorial District 4 equally. In conjunction with our elected leaders and supporters, we will be rolling out a complete and comprehensive approach to boost our voter registration. Our focus will included enhanced social media efforts and direct engagement in the Latino and Asian American communities, as well as with Republican-leaning No Party Preference voters. Conveying our message on critical issues like education to these communities will be critical. Our success here will be a model for Republicans nationwide as demographic changes here move eastward.

The Democrats simply have no record to run on in spite of their two decades of control over state government. Democrats own that California ranks last in the country for starting a business, negatively impacting working families. Democrats, as the puppets of the unions, own the underperforming, bottom in the nation public schools. Yet, we spend more on schools per capita than any other state. Democrats own the culture of disrespect for law enforcement, Prop 47 and now Prop 57 that are driving rising crime rates in our local communities and neighborhoods. Democrats also own the train to nowhere, our lack of water storage, and lack of infrastructure repair.

The Republican Party is squarely focused on offering alternative, limited government, local government, common sense proposals in contrast to the massive bureaucratic state and “government as savior” approach of the Democrats. We will also be warning voters of oncoming Democratic efforts to tax small business into oblivion by splitting Prop 13, and tax everyone out of using their cars with the likely implementation of a statewide mileage tax. These destructive policies would harm everyone across the board.

There is a lot of work that needs to be done in order for the Republican Party to be successful in 2018. I look forward to rolling up my sleeves alongside our volunteers to deliver Republican victories throughout Orange County. The historic Republican approach to good governance has always made Orange County the best place in the country to live, work and raise a family.

Fred Whitaker has served as the Chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County since January 2015 and on the Orange City Council since 2010. He is the Managing Partner at the law firm Cummins & White, LLP, a Newport Beach based business law firm.

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  • Gila Jones

    Perhaps Mr. Whitaker attended school in a state other than California — one where the education wasn’t very good and students didn’t learn how to read charts and graphs. By *no* measure are California’s public schools “bottom in the nation,” and by *no* measure do we spend the most per pupil. The *facts* are that California’s per pupil spending lags that of the nation as a whole, (https://edsource.org/2017/how-does-california-rank-in-per-pupil-spending-it-all-depends/577405) and because school performance tends to track per pupil spending our rankings of educational quality also lag. But the *worst* state school systems are consistently considered to be those of states such as Louisiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arizona, South Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi, Idaho, and Alabama.

  • Bill Colver

    Is this what republican president Donald Trump calls “fake news?”

  • Rintrah

    Next election cycle, bye bye Darrell, Mimi, Dona.

  • Citizens for Animal Shelter, O

    Dear Mr. Whitaker, The city of Orange is also the home of the much respected Chapman University and also houses the Albert Schweitzer Institute. Albert Schweitzer was know for his reverence for all life including animals. My beliefs are in alignment with Mr. Schweitzer. It is very disconcerting that you, as a City of Orange council member and chairman of the Central Republican committee your actions appear to not adhere nor support this belief. If only you did, you could make such a positive difference in Orange county. I attempted to deliver this message to the Board of Supervisors back in October 2016 when I brought this up during the discussion of an agenda item on the internship and co-operative education with Chapman University. Not only was I ignored but Chair person Lisa Bartlett cut me off while I was speaking. The county reported close to 8,000 animals euthanized at the county shelter in 2015 with the city of Orange being a lead contributor. If you are interested in improving the reputation of Orange county regarding this issue, I would be happy to meet with you.

  • Shirley L. Grindle

    Running for local offices used to be non-partisan until the OC Republican Central Committee announced they would be endorsing candidates for local office. Until them, it didn’t matter which party you were registered with. I am disappointed the Republican Central Committee is of the belief that only Republicans should be in local offices — that is so wrong. Apparently the only thing that matters to them is the party affiliation — to heck with whether they are otherwise qualified to be in office.

  • Shirley L. Grindle

    Seems to me the Republican Party should be more selective in who they back for re-election. At least one of the candidates they mentioned is known by all the County insiders to be of less than “good moral character”.

  • David Zenger

    “The Republican Party is squarely focused on offering alternative, limited government, local government, common sense proposals in contrast to the massive bureaucratic state and “government as savior” approach of the Democrats.”

    Dear Fred,

    Generalities are easy.

    Please provide some concrete OC examples of your principles in action in your next essay. It should be super-easy what with all those Republican electeds you brag about.