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Volume 7, Issue 96  |  December 2, 2022

Foley wins 2nd District Supervisor seat in Special Election

Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley won the Special Election Tuesday, March 9 to win the Orange County Board of Supervisors 2nd District seat vacated in January by Michelle Steel.

Foley handily defeated four other challengers that included former State Senator John Moorlach, Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Muldoon, Fountain Valley Mayor Michael Vo and Corona del Mar attorney Janet Rappaport.

“The race has been called, and I am beyond humbled by the confidence voters have placed in me to serve as their Orange County Supervisor in District 2,” said Foley.

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Newly elected Supervisor Katrina Foley

“I am forever grateful for all of you who answered my calls and pitched in time, talent and treasure to power our campaign,” said Foley. “Together, we broke fundraising records with thousands of small-dollar donations and engaged voters in what will be the highest special election turnout for an OC Supervisor’s Special Election.”

Race tallies show Foley with 45,693 votes, or 43.72 percent; Moorlach had 32,856 or 31.44 percent; Muldoon ended with 11,998 or 11.48 percent; Vo had 9,433 or 9.03 percent, with Rappaport getting 4,538 or 4.34 percent.

Speculation that three Republicans in the race would hurt their party’s overall chances proved correct, as Moorlach, Muldoon and Vo combined for almost 52 percent of the overall vote but ended with no seat to show for it.

Voter turnout showed 26.5 percent, with 104,820 ballots cast.

Steel, meanwhile, left her Supervisor’s role after winning a November election against incumbent Harley Rouda to take the U.S. House of Representatives 48th District seat.

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