Politics & Elections

This vote’s not just for White House

JANET NGUYEN is seeking to make a political comeback in Tuesday’s election for the 72nd Assembly District. She suffered her first electoral defeat in 2018 when she lost to Democrat Tom Umberg for a state senate seat (File photo).

It’s Super Tuesday not only for those seeking to become president of the United States, but also for candidates running in a myriad of local races in Orange County.

The presidential primary will be organized by party, but candidates for state assembly, senate, county supervisor and other offices will need to finish in the top two to advance to the general election in November. Democrats and Republicans are mixed together in Tuesday’s balloting, with the top two vote-getters meeting on Nov. 3, regardless of party.

Local races of special interest revolve around battles for the First District Supervisor seat and the 72nd Assembly District.

The First District incumbent is Andrew Do, a former member of the Garden Grove City Council. He’s in what could be a wide-open race against Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, Westminster City Councilmember Sergio Contreras and Garden Grove City Councilmember Kim Bernice Nguyen.

In the 72nd District, incumbent Republican Tyler Diep of Westminster is facing a challenge from former State Senator Janet Nguyen of Garden Grove, also a Republican. The top Democratic hopeful is Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen, a member of the Garden Grove City Council.

The sole local ballot measure is Measure L, a bond issue for the Rancho Santiago Community College District, which operates Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon colleges. The RSCCD includes Garden Grove east of Euclid Street and most of Santa Ana and Orange as well as parts of Anaheim Hills.

The Tribune will have coverage of the results – both national and local – as the tallies are released by news sources and the Orange County Registrar of Voters  Go to www.OCvote.com for the official local results. In-person voting Tuesday will run from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., but significant totals may take hours to be tabulated.

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