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 by 7 percentage points. Porter has gained national attention and a large fan base for her razor-sharp questioning during Congressional hearings.
Another UCI Law Professor, Democrat Dave Min won his election to the State Senate after narrowly defeating Republican incumbent John Moorlach. The City of Irvine, which voted heavily for Min, encompasses about one-third of the voters in the Senate District.
Democratic State Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris won re-election by edging out her Republican challenger Diane Dixon, 50.5% to 49.5%. Once again, Irvine provided the tens of thousands of votes that made Petrie-Norris’ narrow victory possible.
Current Irvine Councilwoman Melissa Fox was unsuccessful in her bid to oust incumbent Republican State Assemblyman Steven Choi in a district that includes a portion of Irvine, and has recently been trending from Republican to Democratic in voter registration.
In nonpartisan races, Irvine voters elected current Councilwoman Farrah Khan to be the City’s new Mayor. Khan successfully challenged appointed Mayor Christina Shea. Irvine voters also elected former Mayor Larry Agran, Irvine City Finance Commissioner Tammy Kim and appointed Councilman Mike Carroll to the City Council. Kim will be the first East Asian American woman to serve on the Irvine City Council.
Longtime Irvine educator Carolyn Inmon won a seat on the South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees, and Cyril Yu and current School Board member Paul Bokota won seats on the Irvine Unified School District Board of Trustees.