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Irvine Mayor Don Wagner Wins Orange County Supervisor Seat in Special Election

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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Irvine Mayor Don Wagner won a special election on March 12, filling a vacant seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

“I’m declaring victory and thanking the voters of the 3rd Supervisorial District for their trust,” Wagner said. “I ran for it and I wanted it because they do good, important work on the Board of Supervisors, and I’m very much looking forward to doing some of that work to solve the county’s problems.”

Wagner will represent the inland Orange County 3rd District seat for 21 months. He likely will take office either March 26 or April 9. He also will be in position to run as an incumbent in the 2020 elections, when the district will select a representative for a full four-year term.

“The Greater Irvine Chamber congratulates Mayor Wagner for his victory in the OC Supervisor race. We are confident that he will continue to represent Irvine’s interests in his new role,” said Bryan Starr, president and CEO, Greater Irvine Chamber.

Orange County’s 3rd District – which spans Irvine, Tustin, Villa Park, Orange, Anaheim Hills, Yorba Linda and large stretches of unincorporated county land – has been represented by Republican supervisors for decades. Most recently, Todd Spitzer held the seat before he was elected Orange County District Attorney in November.

On the campaign trail, Wagner touted his tenure in Irvine, highlighting his work helping to get the Great Park back on track. As leader of the seat’s largest city and a former assemblyman in the region, he pitched himself as the candidate with the most experience governing the district. He also campaigned as an advocate for small business.

Wagner has said his top priorities are improving public safety and implementing long-term solutions to ballooning homelessness in the county by expanding housing stock and mental-health treatment. He said he opposes regional mass-transit projects, preferring improvements to existing roads.

Irvine also will need to replace Wagner on the city council, either by appointing another council member as mayor or holding a special election. City rules allow the council to appoint one of its members to become mayor if that member is willing to serve. Council members serve four-year terms and the mayor serves for two years. Wagner was re-elected his mayoral seat only four months ago.

Source: Orange County Register

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