Once again, Yorba Linda voters are election outliers, as they made many different choices in the Nov. 8 midterm ballot compared to statewide and Orange County voters. and neighboring towns.
The trend this year was evident in the results of two state proposals, numerous court contests and the ballot for state superintendent of public instruction. The state, county, and neighboring cities strongly favored Propositions 1 and 28 and the incumbent superintendent.
Yorba Linda voted 55% “no” to Proposition 1, a constitutional amendment to protect the right to abortion. Brea, Buena Park, Fullerton, La Habra, La Palma and Placentia’s “yes” votes fluctuated between 53% and 59%.
Yorba Linda recorded a larger vote against Proposition 28, which will provide additional funding for arts and music education in public schools, including charter schools. Yorba Linda’s 56% “no” vote contrasted with strong support from voters in the state, county and nearby towns.
And Yorba Linda voters voted 49% “no” on Proposition 31, which would ban the retail sale of certain flavored tobacco products, while the state, county and neighboring towns voted overwhelmingly in favor of the measurement.
In the only Superior Court contest on the ballot, for county office No. 30 judge, Yorba Linda voters gave a large majority to two-term city council member Peggy Huang.
That’s no surprise, since Huang was Yorba Linda’s top voter in her two council runs in 2014 and 2018. But the county electorate heavily favored Huang’s opponent, Michele Bell, who won every towns in the county, except Yorba Linda.
Not surprising either: Yorba Linda’s “no” vote for Patricia Guerrero as chief justice of the state Supreme Court was significantly higher than the “no” votes cast in other towns in the county, which was also true for most of the other 15 supreme courts and appeals. The judges of the Court on the ballot.
For state Superintendent of Public Instruction, Yorba Linda voted for Lance Christensen, while the state, county and neighboring towns gave incumbent Tony Thurmond large majorities.
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Karin Freeman, Yorba Linda’s second-longest elected official, will not return as trustee of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, after placing second to Todd Frazer.
Freeman was named a trustee of the Yorba Linda School District in 1986 and elected to a new term in 1987 before moving to the Placentia-Yorba Linda board in 1989, when districts K-8 and K-12 merged. She has served continuously since, a total of just over 36 years.
Freeman, also a longtime administrator of the Northern Orange County Regional Professional Program, is completing his term as chairman of the board. The directors of Placentia-Yorba Linda will make a new appointment to this board.
Yorba Linda’s longest-serving official was Paul Armstrong at age 40, 12 as Yorba Linda School District Administrator and 28 as Yorba Linda Water District Superintendent.
Jim Drummond is a long time resident of Yorba Linda. He gives his opinion on local issues every week. Email email@example.com.
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