Who’s Running in OC’s March 2020 Election

A host of high-profile congressional seats in Orange County are up for grabs in the upcoming March primary, along with two key local races for county supervisor and a host of other local offices.

And once again, Orange County will be a central battleground for control of Congress, as Republicans seek to win back the seats they lost last year to Democrats.

Below is a full list of candidates running for local, state, and Congressional seats in Orange County. (The deadline to officially file as a candidate was Dec. 6.)

City elections for mayors and City Council members aren't scheduled until the November 2020 general election.

Mail-in ballots for the March 3 are scheduled to be sent out a month before, starting Feb. 3. Voters will be able to cast ballots in person up to 10 days before the election, starting Saturday, Feb. 22. The official voting location list is expected to be released around Jan. 1.

[Click here to quickly go to the Voice of OC election guide on this page.]

[Click here for our overview of the final candidates, published Dec. 16.]

[Click here to view the final candidates list as a printable PDF.]

Note: The candidate's titles below are what they chose as their official description on ballots. They are subject to court challenges, and could be changed by a judge before ballots are printed.

U.S. House of Representatives, 39th District

*Additional candidates who file in Los Angeles County may not be known until January 2020.

Gil Cisneros, Education/Veterans Advocate and Congressman, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage 

Young Kim, Small Business Owner, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage 

Steve Cox, None Listed, voteforcox.com

U.S. House of Representatives, 45th District

Katie Porter, U.S. Representative, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage 

Greg Raths, Retired Marine Colonel, Campaign Website

Don Sedgewick, Mayor/Small Businessman, Campaign Website

Lisa Sparks, University Dean/Educator, Campaign Website

Rhonda Furin, Retired Teacher, Campaign Website

Christopher J. Gonzales, Businessman/Attorney, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Peggy Huang, Deputy Attorney General, Campaign Website

U.S. House of Representatives, 46th District

Lou Correa, United States Congressmember, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage 

Will Johnson, Caregiver/Driver, Campaign Website

Pablo Mendoiolea, Businessman, Campaign Website

Ed Rushman, IT Project Manager, Campaign Website

James S. Waters, Retired Postal Worker, Campaign Website

U.S. House of Representatives, 47th District

*Additional candidates who file in Los Angeles County may not be known until January 2020.

John Briscoe, Governing Board Member on the Ocean View School District Of Orange County, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Sou Moua, Planning Commissioner, No Campaign Website Listed

Amy Phan West, Entrepreneur/Mother, Campaign Website

Alan Lowenthal, U.S. Representative, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Peter Matthews, Professor of Political Science, Campaign Website

Jalen Dupree McLeod, Teacher’s Assistant, Campaign Website

Shawn Roshan, None Listed, No Campaign Website Listed

Julian Soto, Nonprofit Worker, No Campaign Website Listed

U.S. House of Representatives, 48th District

Harley Rouda, Businessman/U.S. Representative, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage 

John Thomas Scuhesler, Finance CEO/Filmmaker, Campaign Website

Michelle Steel, County Supervisor, Orange County Board of Supervisors, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage 

Brian Burley, Business Owner, Campaign Website

James Brian Griffin, Real Estate Broker, Campaign Website

Richard Mata, Retired Educator, No Campaign Website Listed

U.S. House of Representatives, 49th District

Mike Levin, U.S. Representative 49th District, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Brian Maryott, Mayor/Financial Planner, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage 

California State Assembly, 55th District

*Additional candidates who file in Los Angeles County may not be known until January 2020.

Andrew E. Rodriguez, Mayor/County Commissioner, Campaign Website

Phillip Chen, Assemblyman/Educator/Businessman, Campaign Website

California State Assembly, 65th District

Sharon Quirk-Silva, California Assemblymember, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Cynthia Thacker, Small Businesswoman, No Campaign Website Listed

California State Assembly, 68th District

Steven Choi, Assemblyman/Businessman/Educator, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Eugene Fields, Non-profit Businessman/Educator, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Melissa Fox, Irvine Councilmember/Businesswoman, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Benjamin Yu, Businessman/City Commissioner, Campaign Website

California State Assembly, 69th District

Tom Daly, State Assemblymember, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Jon Paul White, None Listed, No Campaign Website Listed

California State Assembly, 72nd District

Tyler Diep, State Assemblyman/Businessman, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Bijan Mohseni, Civil Rights Advocate, Campaign Website

Diedre Nguyen, Cancer Scientist/Councilmember, Campaign Website

Janet Nguyen, Orange County Foundation Boardmember, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

California State Assembly, 73rd District

William Brough, Businessman/State Assemblyman, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Laurie Davies, Laguna Niguel Mayor/Businesswoman, Campaign Website
Chris Duncan, Homeland Security Attorney, Campaign Website

Scott Rhinehart, Business Services Director, Campaign Website

Ed Sachs, Mission Viejo Councilman/Businessman, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

California State Assembly, 74th District

Cottie Petrie-Norris, California State Assemblymember, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Diane Dixon, Mayor/Orange County Businesswoman, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Kelly Ernby, Deputy District Attorney, Campaign Website

California State Senate, 29th District

*Additional candidates who file in Los Angeles County may not be known until January 2020.

Ling Ling Chang, Senator/Business Owner, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Joseph J. Cho, Journalist/Nonprofit Founder, No Campaign Website Listed

George C. Shen, Small Businessman, No Campaign Website Listed

Josh Newman, Veterans' Advocate, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

California State Senate, 37th District

John M. W. Moorlach, California State Senator, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Katrina Foley, Mayor/Consumer Attorney, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Dave Min, Irvine Law Professor, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

OC Supervisor, 1st District

Andrew Do, Orange County Supervisor District 1, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Kim Bernice Nguyen, Garden Grove City Councilwoman, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Miguel A. Pulido, Mayor of Santa Ana, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Sergio Contreras, Westminster City Councilmember, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

OC Supervisor, 3rd District

Donald P. Wagner, Orange County Supervisor, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Ashleigh Aitken, Consumer Advocate/Businesswoman, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

OC Board of Education, Trustee Area 1

Rebecca “Beckie” Gomez, Member of County Board of Education Trustee Area 1, Campaign Website, -

Jim Palmer, Non-Profit Director, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Steve Rocco, Retired Educator/Writer, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

OC Board of Education, Trustee Area 3

Ken L. Williams Jr., Member of Orange County Board of Education, Trustee Area 3, Campaign Website

Andy Thorburn, Educator/Nonprofit Director, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

OC Board of Education, Trustee Area 4

Vicki Calhoun, At-Risk Youth Counselor, No Campaign Website Listed

Paulette Chaffee, Educator/Attorney, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Tim Shaw, Professor/Councilmember, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Jordan Brandman, Educator/Anaheim Councilmember, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Democratic Party of OC Central Committee, 55th District

Cynthia Aguirre, Appointed Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Lourdes Cruz, Appointed Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

Jeffery B. Letourneau, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Molly A. Muro, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

Isabella Rubio, Legislative Field Representative, No Campaign Website Listed

Sean Thomas, Small Business Owner, No Campaign Website Listed

Natalie Estrada, Special Education Teacher, No Campaign Website Listed

Gail C. Cain, Small Business Owner, No Campaign Website Listed

Democratic Party of OC Central Committee, 65th District

Ed Lopez, Governing Board Member of North Orange County Community College District Area 2, No Campaign Website Listed

Arnel Dino, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

Mirvette Judeh, Appointed Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

John Vassiliades, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

Andy J. Lewandowski, Business Owner, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Bruce W. Johnson, Nonprofit Director/Accountant, No Campaign Website Listed

Jose Paolo Magcalas, School Boardmember/Teacher, No Campaign Website Listed

Marisol Ramirez, City Council Aide, No Campaign Website Listed

Mike Rodriguez, Teacher, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Patricia Tutor, Retired, No Campaign Website Listed

Eric Barlow, Community Volunteer, No Campaign Website Listed

Ada Briceño, Labor Organizer, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Jose Trinidad Castaneda, Climate Community Organizer, jose4fullerton.com

Democratic Party of OC Central Committee, 68th District

Ted Perle, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

David R. Sonneborn, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

Florice Orea Hoffman, Workers Rights Attorney, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Ken Wyant, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

Melissa Fox, Irvine Councilmember/Businesswoman, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Naz Hamid, Mother/Automation Director, No Campaign Website Listed

Bill Honigman, Retired Emergency Physician, No Campaign Website Listed

Mani Kang, Writer, No Campaign Website Listed

Tammy Kim, Non-profit Director/Educator, Campaign Website

Meredith Marquis, Business Owner, No Campaign Website Listed

Bridget R. McConaughy, Campaign Field Organizer, No Campaign Website Listed

Joe McLaughlin, Data Consultant, No Campaign Website Listed

Tina Arias Miller, Community College Director, No Campaign Website Listed

Beatriz "Betty" Valencia, Businesswoman, No Campaign Website Listed

Laura Villa, Businesswoman, No Campaign Website Listed

Monica Barranco-Leon, Community Volunteer, No Campaign Website Listed

Nathaniel Fernandez Epstein, Healthcare Attorney, No Campaign Website Listed

Eugene W. Fields, Non-profit Businessman/Educator, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Democratic Party of OC Central Committee, 69th District

Avelino Valencia III, Principal District Representative, No Campaign Website Listed

Jannelle M. Welker, County Policy Advisor, No Campaign Website Listed

Luis Aleman, Labor Organizer, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Juan Gabriel Alvarez, Teacher/Parent, No Campaign Website Listed

Ariana Arestegui, Legal Clerk, No Campaign Website Listed

Giovanni Chavez, Tenants' Rights Advocate, No Campaign Website Listed

Veronica Chavez, Labor Organizer, No Campaign Website Listed

Manny Escamilla, Urban Planner, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Jessie Lopez, Diversity Development Coordinator, No Campaign Website Listed

Martin Lopez, Labor Recording Secretary, No Campaign Website Listed

Jose F. Moreno, University Professor, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Thai Viet Phan, Local Government Attorney, No Campaign Website Listed

Isuri S. Ramos, Policy Analyst, No Campaign Website Listed

Democratic Party of OC Central Committee, 72nd District

Michelle “Misha” Houser, STEM Education Director, No Campaign Website Listed

Mark Anthony Paredes, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

Victor Valladares, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

Oscar D. Rodriguez, Operations Finance Manager, No Campaign Website Listed

Mary Tromp, Retired Computer Programmer, No Campaign Website Listed

Jaci Iannello, Financial Planner, No Campaign Website Listed

Louise Larsen, Communications Director, No Campaign Website Listed

Shayna Lathus, Teacher, Campaign Website

Kathia Canlas, Labor Organizer, No Campaign Website Listed

Sergio Escobar, Voter Outreach Coordinator, No Campaign Website Listed

Libby Frolichman, Community Volunteer, No Campaign Website Listed

Karen A. Hinks, Political Consultant, No Campaign Website Listed

Democratic Party of OC Central Committee, 73rd District

Anita Narayana, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

Denise Penn, Nonprofit Executive Director, No Campaign Website Listed

Anne Cameron, Psychotherapist, No Campaign Website Listed

Deborah Cunningham-Skurnik, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

Sudi Farokhnia, Risk Professional, No Campaign Website Listed

Alan Fenning, Retired Attorney, No Campaign Website Listed

Lulu Hammad, Legal Translator, No Campaign Website Listed

Lara Horgan, Community Volunteer, No Campaign Website Listed

Emma Jenson, None Listed, No Campaign Website Listed

Danna Lewis, Mental Health Professional, No Campaign Website Listed

Jenna Beck, Senior Proposal Writer, No Campaign Website Listed

Democratic Party of OC Central Committee, 74th District

Janice I. Burstin, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

Jonathan Adler, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

Jill Nelke, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

Jane Stoever, Appointed Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

Dean Inada, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

Marleen Gillespie, Retired Mathematics Teacher, No Campaign Website Listed

Boris Gresely, Public Affairs Representative, No Campaign Website Listed

Lauren Johnson-Norris, City Commissioner/Attorney, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Aarti Kaushal, Education Consultant, No Campaign Website Listed

Anne Mohr, Small Business Owner, No Campaign Website Listed

Becky Visconti, Community Volunteer, No Campaign Website Listed

Bethany Webb, Parent/Realtor, No Campaign Website Listed

Iyad Afalqa, College Professor/Educator, No Campaign Website Listed

Kalvin Alvarez, Student/Campaign Coordinator, No Campaign Website Listed

Samila Amanyraoufpoor, College Professor/Educator, No Campaign Website Listed

Mary Carter, Community Volunteer, No Campaign Website Listed

Andrew Gallagher, Filmmaker, No Campaign Website Listed

Republican Party of OC Central Committee, 55th District

Brett R. Barbre, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

Gene Hernandez, Incumbent, Campaign Website

Tim Shaw, Professor/Councilmember, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Craig Young, Attorney/Investor/Pastor, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Anthony Johnson, Legislative Field Representative, No Campaign Website Listed

Elvira Moreno, None Listed, No Campaign Website Listed

Michael Navarro, Life Skills Coach, No Campaign Website Listed

Melissa A. Salinas, Governing Board Member of Lowell Joint School District Area 1, No Campaign Website Listed

Rhonda Shader, Mayor/Orange County Businesswoman, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Republican Party of OC Central Committee, 65th District

Leroy Mills, Retired US Air Force Officer, No Campaign Website Listed

Baron Night, Incumbent, Campaign Website

Steve Sarkis, Appointed Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

David John Shawver, Incumbent, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Cynthia Thacker, Appointed Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

James S. Waters, Retired Postal Worker, Campaign Website

Dewayne Allen Normand, Small Business Owner, Campaign Website

Nicholas Dunlap, Orange County Businessman/Parent, No Campaign Website Listed

Bobby Florentz, Handyman, No Campaign Website Listed

Amy Fremen, Rehabilitation Healthcare Professional, No Campaign Website Listed

Republican Party of OC Central Committee, 68th District

Mark William Bucher, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Austin Lumbard, Appointed Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

Deborah Pauly, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Fred M. Whitaker, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Todd Spitzer, District Attorney of Orange County, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Scott "Rolling Thunder" Voigts, Lake Forest Councilmember, No Campaign Website Listed

Robert Walters, Businessman, No Campaign Website Listed

Benjamin Yu, Businessman/City Commissioner, No Campaign Website Listed

Deepak Singh Sahni, Small Business Owner, No Campaign Website Listed

Trevor O’Neil, Councilman/Orange County Businessowner, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

John Park, Entrepreneur/Company President, No Campaign Website Listed

Ray Gennawey, Orange County Gang Prosecutor, No Campaign Website Listed

Esther Koh, Businesswoman, No Campaign Website Listed

Denis Bilodeau, Director of Orange County Water District, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Republican Party of OC Central, 69th District

Alberta Christy, Appointed Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

Thomas Anthony Gordon, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Cecilia "Ceci" Iglesias, Councilmember for City of Santa Ana, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Timothy 'Tim' Ryan Whitacre, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Jon Paul White, None Listed, No Campaign Website Listed

Karina Onofre, Small Business Owner, No Campaign Website Listed

Brian Harrington, Marketing Consultant, Campaign Website

Gisela Contreras, Businesswoman/Parent, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Lewis Adame, Retail Manager/Father, No Campaign Website Listed

Republican Party of OC Central Committee, 72nd District

Jeffery Barke, Appointed Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

Andrew Do, Orange County Supervisor, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Kermit Marsh, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed

Zack McCready, Business Owner/Attorney, No Campaign Website Listed

Russ Neal, Consulting Electrical Engineer, No Campaign Website Listed

Gracey Van Der Mark, Parent, No Campaign Website Listed

Eva Weisz, Community Volunteer, No Campaign Website Listed

Amy Phan West, Entrepreneur/Mother, No Campaign Website Listed

Austin J. Edsell, Orange County Small Businessman, Campaign Website

Patrick Harper, Council Member for City of Fountain Valley, No Campaign Website Listed

Ryan Billings, Legislative Aide, No Campaign Website Listed

Brian Burley, Business Owner, Campaign Website

Peter Amundson, Small Businessman, No Campaign Website Listed

Republican Party of OC Central Committee, 73rd District

Lisa A. Bartlett, Incumbent, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Mike Munzing, Mayor of Aliso Viejo, No Campaign Website Listed

Laurie Davies, Mayor of Laguna Niguel/Businessowner, Campaign Website

Ed Sachs, Incumbent, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Art Sanchez, Realtor, No Campaign Website Listed

Jake Vollebregt, Marine/Businessman/Parent, No Campaign Website Listed

Nick Wilson, Property Manager, No Campaign Website Listed

DD Dominguez, Business Development Manager, No Campaign Website Listed

Elaine Gennawey, City Councilmember, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Shawn M. Gordon, Computer Consultant/Businessowner, No Campaign Website Listed

Diane L. Harkey, Businesswoman, No Campaign Website Listed, VOC News Coverage

Linda Kight, Commercial Property Manager, No Campaign Website Listed

Greg Raths, Mayor of Mission Viejo, Campaign Website

Candice Burroughs, Small Business Owner, No Campaign Website Listed

Republican Party of OC Central Committee, 74th District

Thomas A. "T.J." Fuentes, Incumbent, No Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Beth Johns Holder, Executive Manager, No Campaign Website

Will O'Neill, Newport Beach City Councilmember, No Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Erik K. Weigand, Incumbent, No Campaign Website

Scott Peotter, Architect, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Mike Posey, City Councilman/Businessman, No Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Emily Sanford, Retired Navy Nurse, No Campaign Website

Jennifer Sterling, Small Business Owner, No Campaign Website

Mike Gasca, Businessman/Restaurateur, No Campaign Website

Barbara George, Business Owner, No Campaign Website

Mike Glenn, Small Business Owner, No Campaign Website

Alison Burchette, Software Sales Executive, No Campaign Website

Ben Chapman, Entrepreneur, No Campaign Website

Katherine Daigle, Small Business Woman, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Diane Dixon, Mayor/Orange County Businesswoman, Campaign Website, VOC News Coverage

Kelly Ernby, Deputy District Attorney, Campaign Website


CORRECTION: Michelle Denise Hamilton was listed as a candidate for the California State Assembly, 55th District seat. She did pull papers for the office, but did not complete her registration for the election.


Noah Biesiada is a reporting intern at Voice of OC. He can be reached at nbiesiada@voiceofoc.org.

Sonya Quick is Voice of OC's digital editor. She can be reached at squick@voiceofoc.org.

Nick Gerda covers local government for Voice of OC and can be reached at ngerda@voiceofoc.org.


 

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