Worse still, Williams might run unopposed!
The only glimmer of hope—I'm assuming the OCP report is accurate—concerns the extended deadline for filing for Area 6 (5 p.m. Wednesday). Plus someone named Tim Jemal pulled papers, but has not yet filed (as of yesterday's report).
South Orange Community College District: Fuentes & Meldau Out, Wright Unopposed, Williams Unimpeded Return? (OC Political; August 11, 2012)
Posted by Chris Nguyen on August 11, 2012
In the South Orange County Community College District, the Trustee Area 6 race went from being one of Orange County’s most interesting to a single-candidate affair, as neither Jolene Fuentes nor Julie Davis filed, leaving appointed incumbent James Wright unopposed at the end of candidate filing. After Trustee Tom Fuentes, Chairman Emeritus of the Republican Party of Orange County, died in May, Wright was appointed to the seat in June (effective July 1) despite the efforts of Jolene Fuentes to gain the appointment to her husband’s seat. Wright was the sole candidate to complete filing, and so, his race will not even appear on the ballot.Related news:
In Trustee Area 7, appointed incumbent Frank Meldau opted to call it quits after less than two years in office. Meldau had been appointed to the seat in January 2011 after Trustee John Williams resigned in December 2010. Williams was also the Orange County Public Administrator until his resignation/unresignation/reresignation in January 2012. With Meldau opting not to file for re-election, the filing period is extended until 5 PM on Wednesday, August 15. Williams filed to run for his old seat on Wednesday, August 8. Tim Jemal pulled papers on Thursday, August 9 but has not yet filed them. If Jemal or someone new doesn’t file, then Williams will walk back into his old seat, despite the chaos of his resignations from two elected offices in the past 20 months.
Dave Lang appears to have filed for Area 1. David Martin pulled papers, but I don’t think he’s filed. In any case, he doesn’t have a prayer.
Bill Jay has at least pulled papers. So has the inevitable Arlene Greer, wife of Phil. Both appear to have filed “candidate statements.”
The Hamlet of Orange County Politics: John Williams Pulls Papers to Run for Office He’d Resigned (OC Political; July 31, 2012)
NAME: ARLENE C GREER
As education becomes increasingly essential in our global economy, our Community Colleges are increasingly called upon to transition our children from high school to four year institutions and real world employment. As parents and taxpayers, we expect our Community Colleges to meet the needs of both high school graduates and older adults who are returning to our campuses. As your Trustee, I will hold the Board, faculty and staff to standards consistent with achieving those goals and objectives.
I have been named Woman of the Year by the California State Senate for my work in the community. I am the former Chairwoman of the Newport Beach Environmental Quality Affairs Committee and a current member of the Newport Beach Arts Commission.
Supervisor Pat Bates and Assemblywoman Diane Harkey endorse my candidacy because of my advocacy of community involvement. Capistrano Trustee Anna Bryson and SOCCCD Trustee David Lang support my candidacy because of my promise to enrich the academic curriculum, enhance our physical plant and extend our community outreach. SOCCCD was founded on a commitment to serve the people of South Orange County. I intend to honor that commitment.
Thank you and please vote Arlene Greer for SOCCCD Board of Trustees