We were already aware of one of these guys: Tim Jemal. According to knowledgeable friends, Jemal is a great guy who’d make a great trustee.
The other candidate (apparently) is Michael Moodian.
As the Reg points out, “if no new candidates had come forward Wednesday, Williams would have claimed the seat unopposed.” So disaster has been averted, for now (when this story is confirmed).
Turns out that Jemal is supported by OC Supervisor-elect Todd Spitzer:
Jemal has the backing of County Supervisor-elect Todd Spitzer, who said he’s “unequivocally committed to making sure John Williams never serves in public life again.” ¶ After reading Tuesday’s Total Buzz post about Williams’ unopposed candidacy, Spitzer said he phoned Jemal, who had pulled papers for trustee area 7 but hadn’t filed them yet. After being assured by Jemal that he intended to enter the race, Spitzer — who said he’s known Jemal for about 10 years — worked the phones Wednesday to line up additional endorsements for Jemal.
So, who’s Moodian? According to the Reg,
Moodian, 36, of Rancho Santa Margarita, said he’d thought about running for the college district’s board and decided to act after reading Tuesday’s Total Buzz post. ¶ Moodian said he has a doctorate in education from Pepperdine University, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cal State Fullerton and an associate’s degree from Saddleback College. He teaches at Chapman and Brandman universities, he said.
Plus anyone who sees his standard "used-car salesman" headshot will certainly vote for any available alternative. (See at left.)
So we might get out of this mess yet!
Faculty, be sure to contact your Faculty Association rep and tell him/her to voice your opposition to Williams' candidacy (at the September FA meeting).
P.S.: For what it’s worth, I checked the OC Registrar of Voters website (at 9:35 p.m.) and, for trustee area 7, five candidates are listed (Williams, Jemal, Meldau, Moodian, and Jan Serrantino Cox), but the number “qualified” listed is “2.”
It’s not entirely clear (to me) which two are qualified, but it is clear that there is a date listed under “candidate statement filed” only for Jemal and Williams. My guess, then, is that, as far as this data is concerned, only Jemal and Williams have actually filed.
P.P.S.: Last night, the Reg offered this update:
Update at 10 p.m.: A fourth candidate, Jan Serrantino Cox of Rancho Santa Margarita, also qualified for the ballot Wednesday with a designation of “university administrator.”A Jan Serrantino is the director of disability services at UC Irvine.
Following are the candidate's statements currently available at the OC Registrar of Voters website: