2022 Orange County primary election live results

In a race that could serve as a test of Orange County’s appetite for criminal justice reform, Orange County Dist. atty According to preliminary results on Tuesday evening, Todd Spitzer had a clear lead over his three challengers.

Spitzer could win outright and avoid a runoff in November if the numbers add up.

Pete Hardin, a former Orange County prosecutor and Navy veteran, was also seeking the best prosecuting job in the county; Mike Jacobs, who has served nearly three decades as a county prosecutor; and Bryan Chehock, an attorney for the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

The race largely focused on the deep ideological divide between Spitzer and Hardin, the only Democratic candidate.

“This election is about one thing — making sure Orange County remains the safest major county in California instead of being overrun by the same criminal ideology that destroyed Los Angeles and San Francisco,” Spitzer said in a statement. “Orange County voters are sending a loud and clear message that they don’t want a clone of George Gascon as their prosecutor.”

Branding himself a law-and-order candidate, Spitzer has focused his messages on punishing criminals to prevent Orange County from becoming like Los Angeles.

“I will continue to prioritize the prosecution of violent criminals and hate crimes while pursuing sound criminal justice reforms that do not compromise public safety,” added Spitzer.

Hardin has said that if elected, he would not seek the death penalty in any trial. He has also vowed to replace cash bail with a risk-based system and drop the charges of juveniles as adults. Hardin’s ideas put him in line with some of the nation’s more progressive district attorneys.

Hardin could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday night.

Jacobs has described himself as a steady hand that can bring about reform. Chehock, the only candidate unconnected to the Orange County Attorney’s Office, has vowed to “remove politics from the office.”

Spitzer, a former district head, was elected four years ago on a vow to usher in a new era of reform following a scandal involving the use of prison whistleblowers.

But his opponents say he hasn’t kept his promises and that his missteps show poor judgment.

Spitzer faced criticism after making racist comments while discussing the case of a black defendant in February. Spitzer apologized for the comments, but some political groups and other district attorneys withdrew their approval.

On Friday, Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregg Prickett found the comments violated the Racial Justice Act.

Orange County voters Tuesday also decided who would fill three seats on the board of directors, including who would represent the county’s first Latino-majority district.

Early returnees in the race for District 2, which includes part of central Orange County, featured Santa Ana Mayor Vicente Sarmiento ahead of Garden Grove Councilwoman Kim Bernice Nguyen. Three other candidates are also vying for the seat.

Buena Park Mayor Sunny Park was just ahead of acting supervisor Doug Chaffee in District 4, which includes several northern cities. The county’s Democratic Party endorsed Park in place of Chaffee, who is also a Democrat. Republican Steve Vargas, Brea City Councilman, is also running.

In District 5, which includes much of South Orange County, incumbent supervisor Katrina Foley, a Democrat, had a significant lead over her three Republican challengers. Among them, State Senator Pat Bates had a slight lead over former Rep. Diane Harkey. Newport Beach City Councilman Kevin Muldoon is also a candidate. The winner could determine which political party controls the five-member board, which has been majority Republican for years.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-06-07/2022-orange-county-primary-election-results 2022 Orange County primary election live results

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