Former Fire Captain Joe Kerr Announces Campaign for Orange County Supervisor

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March 20, 2017

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Brea, CA – Today former Orange County Fire Captain Joe Kerr announced his campaign for Orange County’s 4th Supervisorial District. The seat, which is being vacated by term-limited Supervisor Shawn Nelson, includes all or portions of Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Fullerton, La Habra, and Placentia.

In announcing his campaign, Kerr stated:

As a firefighter and fire captain for over 30 years, I learned how to evaluate complex situations, keep those around me composed, and implement a plan of action to protect people in danger. I think Orange County’s government needs this type of experience right now, and I am excited to announce my campaign.

On the Board of Supervisors, I will run toward the problems we face – including the growing homelessness crisis and the lack of transparency in county government. I will work hard every day to serve as the responsive and effective leader that our residents deserve.

Joe Kerr is a second-generation professional firefighter who served as a Fire Captain with the Orange County Fire Authority and Orange County Fire Department for over 25 years. He was the first President of the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association, the former Vice President of the California Professional Firefighters, and a former Vice President of the Orange County Central Labor Council (AFL-CIO).

Joe was awarded Fireman of the Year by the Cypress Fire Department in 1979, Overachiever of the Year by the Orange County Firemen’s Association in 1984, and Fire Captain of the Year by the Orange County Fire Department in 1986. In 1981, he was given a Certificate of Merit from the Orange County Board of Supervisors for his role while responding to the Air California jetliner crash at John Wayne Airport. Joe was also presented with the Courage Under Fire Award in 1999 for rescuing and reviving a non-breathing occupant who was trapped in a residential structure fire. In 2012 after retiring, Joe received numerous awards and recognitions for helping save the life of a baby who was drowning and had stopped breathing in a swimming pool.

Joe’s history of community service includes having served as an advisor to the Board of the Orange County Foundation for Oncology, Children and Families (OCF-OCF).

Joe grew up in La Habra and Cypress. He and his wife, China, are the proud parents of a 13-year-old son.


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  • LFOldTimer

    Kerr is a big union man.

    Just what the county doesn’t need in a leadership position.

    If you vote for this guy you get what you deserve.

  • verifiedsane

    From just reading through a few of the comments; I would have to conclude that Joe’s campaign is off to a resounding start, while resembling a Disney fireworks display…bombs bursting in air…some what entertaining…may get a little irritating in time if your living in the neighborhood, and just a little over the top on the coined political rhetoric temperature scale…

  • Tony Bushala

    Kerr does not live in the 4th District! He lives in Trabuco Canyon. He’s ineligible to run for the 4th unless he purgers himself and uses a phony address. Ask Harry Sidhu how that worked out for him, Joe. Pack your carpetbag, Joe and run in your own District!

    • David Zenger

      Well he could actually move. He’s got plenty of time.

      But don’t count on it.

      • Tony Bushala

        Yes, he could move in the district and that would make him a registered CARPETBAGGER – LOL. Ask Sukhee Kang how that worked out for him. He spent $600,000 to come in last.

        Or, he could commit perjury and lie about living in the district and re-register at a phony address.

        Either way, it ain’t gonna be pretty.

        • Bill Colver

          Oh lookeee…’s Tony Bushala. The little spoiled rich kid in Fullerton. Must be nice to inherit millions and spend it being a total douche. You spent 100’s of thousands of dollars 4 years ago on campaigns and lost almost all the council members you supported. One lost to a democrat.

          Instead of asking Harry Sidhu, Joe should ask Travis Kiger and the others how much your support helped them win a real race instead of a recall.

          One thing is certain. Judging by the reaction of you and your little friends at the FFFF blog. Joe scares the crap out of you. Maybe you and your fellow snowflakes should run to your safe place. I’m betting the residents of that district couldn’t care less where someone lives. They are interested in real issues. Something you wouldn’t know anything about since you’re really just a member of the lucky sperm club.

          BTW, learn how to spell. It’s “perjures.” Not “purgers.”

          • David Zenger

            “I’m betting the residents of that district couldn’t care less where someone lives.”

            Are you really betting? Who are you betting with? I want some of that action.

          • Bill Colver

            You must know him pretty well. Is it true he has to blow into a tube to start his car because of DUI convictions?

            If so, he has a lot of balls lecturing others on public welfare.

          • Bill Colver

            Where did Tony go? His safe place with the rest of his idiot friends on the FFFF blog? Run little snowflake.

          • Bill Colver

            Where did Tony go? His safe place with the rest of his idiot friends on the FFFF blog?

  • David Zenger

    A union boss promising transparency?

    It’s a comedy program.

    • Bill Colver

      Given the track record of GOP politicos in those positions over the last several decades, is your statement rhetorical?

      • David Zenger

        You mean is my question rhetorical?

        The answer to that is yes, of course.