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Category: Election

From Congress to School Board, Here’s Who Irvine Voters Elected on November 3rd

Irvine’s Democratic Congresswoman — and former UCI Law Professor — Katie Porter is heading back to Washington D.C. after easily defeating her Republican opponent Greg Raths.

Another UCI Law Professor, Democrat Dave Min won his election to the State Senate after narrowly defeating Republican incumbent John Moorlach.

In nonpartisan races, Irvine voters elected current Councilwoman Farrah Khan to be the City’s new Mayor.  Irvine voters also elected former Mayor Larry Agran, Irvine City Finance Commissioner Tammy Kim and appointed Councilman Mike Carroll to the City Council.

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Irvine Voters Elect a New Mayor & New Councilmembers

On Tuesday (November 3rd), Irvine voters elected Councilwoman Farrah Khan to replace Christina Shea as Irvine’s Mayor. Khan received 47% of the vote while Shea received 36%.

With late arriving mail-in ballots still being counted, Irvine voters appear to have also returned former Mayor Larry Agran to the City Council, and elected a new Councilmember — Tammy Kim. Kim currently serves as an Irvine City Commissioner.

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Mayor Shea rescinds endorsement of appointed Councilman Mike Carroll & demands that he repay $72,000 of taxpayer money in mailroom scandal

The allegations of misappropriation and misuse of $72,000 of Irvine taxpayer dollars for his own political purposes continue to damage appointed Councilman Mike Carroll more than two months after the story first surfaced.

Now, in an article published in The Epoch Times,  appointed Mayor Christina Shea has rescinded her endorsement of Carroll, noting: “He has violated city protocols and practices by running up a $70,000 mail room expenditure without proper authorization, which he will need to personally repay.  Irvine deserves better.”

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Voter Resources: Vote Center & Official Drop Box Locations in Irvine

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, voting is a bit different this year.

Vote-by-mail ballots have been mailed to all registered voters in Orange County. You can drop your completed vote-by-mail ballot in the U.S. mail or at one of the Official Ballot Drop Box locations in Irvine. Ballots must be received or postmarked (if you use the U.S. Postal Service) by November 3rd to be counted.

If you prefer voting in-person, 14 Vote Centers are now open in Irvine.

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Voters Beware: Here Come the “Dark Money” Lies!

It’s election season in Irvine and all across America…and you know what that means: Your mailbox is likely to be full of political campaign mailers. 

Some of the mailers will be positive, coming from legitimate campaign committees. But more and more of the political mail you receive will be negative, so-called “hit pieces” that come from groups and committees you never heard of.

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Agran vs. Shea & Carroll: Development is on the Ballot

After a 6-year hiatus, Larry Agran, former Irvine Mayor and Councilmember, is running for City Council because, in his words, “I want to restore good planning, safeguard our City-owned parklands, get COVID-19 under control here in Irvine, and implement the mandate of the voters to immediately begin construction of the Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery at the ARDA site in our 1,300-acre Great Park.”

The Shea-Carroll plan is to bring office, commercial, and industrial development to the Great Park…and thousands of cars to the site every day.

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New Details Emerge in Appointed City Councilman Mike Carroll’s Misuse of Irvine Taxpayer Funds

The City of Irvine has a small annual budget for mail communications between City Councilmembers and residents. Historically, Councilmembers have been frugal with their use of the City’s taxpayer-funded mail budget, spending no more than a few hundred dollars annually.

Mike Carroll spent $70,000 of taxpayer funds for self-promotional mailers over the past year.

During this same time period, the four other members of the Irvine City Council, including Mayor Christina Shea, spent only $220 on mail.

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Shea & Carroll, Both Unelected, Must Face Irvine Voters as “Appointed” Office-Holders

Unelected Mayor Christina Shea and unelected Councilman Michael Carroll — both on the Nov. 3rd City election ballot — are required by State law to include the word Appointed in their ballot designations.  The law requires that voters are informed that the positions Shea and Carroll now hold in Irvine City government came by way of controversial political appointment and not through an election by the people.

Shea is complying with State law, running as “Appointed Irvine Mayor.”  But Carroll, who is a lawyer, refused to put Appointed in his ballot designation. 

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March 12th Special Election: Poll Results

Over the past couple of weeks, ICNV has encouraged readers to take our online Irvine Community Poll to let us know who you support in the March 12th special election for Orange County Supervisor (Third District). Here are the results.

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