Irvine Mayor re-elected
In the race for two open city council seats, Farrah Khan (15.5 percent) and Anthony Kuo (14.2 percent) prevailed in a crowded field of 12 candidates. Kuo and Khan will join Christina Shea, Melissa Fox, and Mayor Don Wagner as the civic leaders of Irvine.
The other double-digit vote getters in the city council race were Carrie O’Malley (13.0 percent), Lauren Johnson-Norris (11.5 percent) and Kev Abazajian (11.4 percent).
The “No on B” candidates ended up as “also-rans,” with Frank McGill receiving 8.3 percent and Jaci Woods garnering 6.8 percent of the vote.
While the mayoral and city council races are non-partisan, with no party affiliation noted on the ballot, after the November results the five-member council remains a 3-2 split between Republicans and Democrats.
Mayor Wagner, Councilmember Christina Shea and incoming Councilmember Anthony Kuo are Republicans, while Councilmember Melissa Fox and incoming Councilmember Farrah Khan are Democrats.
Outgoing Councilmember Jeffrey Lalloway and Councilmember Lynn Schott were honored for their dedicated service to the city at a Civic Center ceremony on Nov. 27. The swearing-in ceremony for the new councilmembers will take place on Tuesday, December 11th, at Irvine City Hall.
The high tide of the national election results did reach Irvine in the race to be the United States Representative for the 45th District, which includes Irvine, as UCI Professor Katie Porter defeated incumbent Rep. Mimi Walters by 52.1 percent to 47.9 percent. Democrats now represent all seven of Orange County’s Congressional Districts.
“I congratulate Ms. Porter on her victory,” Rep. Walters wrote on social media. “It has been a tremendous honor and responsibility representing the people of the 45th district.”
Walters was first elected to the U.S. House in 2014, and retained the seat with double-digits margins of the vote in 2014 and 2016.
In other races, former Irvine mayor Steven Choi won re-election to the State Assembly with 53.1 percent of the vote.
IUSD Board of Trustees President Sharon Wallin will return to as board for the new Trustee Area 2. She won with 58.2 percent of the vote.
Doug Reinhart, Steve Lamar, Peer Swan were all re-elected to the Irvine Ranch Water District Board of Directors for four-year terms. The IRWD Board is holding public hearings regarding changing from the at-large method of election to a by-division method of election.
Former Irvine Mayor and City Councilmember Beth Krom withdrew from the race for Orange County’s 3rd Supervisorial District. She is endorsing former Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for the seat, which includes Irvine.
The seat is open because Supervisor Todd Spitzer won the O.C. District Attorney race with 53.2 percent of the vote, defeating Tony Rackauckas, who had been the D.A. since 1999.
The ambitious Spitzer was in Irvine often over the years, advocating for key local initiatives, including the veterans cemetery.
The special election to fill the seat will likely take place in March 2019. Irvine city News will have much more on that race and candidates in upcoming issues.
Irvine 2018 City Election Results
CITY OF IRVINE Mayor
Vote Count Percentage
DONALD P. WAGNER
CITY OF IRVINE City Council
FARRAH N. KHAN
LIQING LEE SUN