Two more candidates, Nicolette Springer and Gina Perez-Calhoun, have qualified by petition in their quests to be elected in the Orange County Commission District 4 race.
They join Susan Makowski, who turned in enough verified petition signatures last month to get on the ballot. Three other candidates, Lori Harris, Kevin Ballinger, and Maribel Gomez Cordero also have filed to run for the seat being vacated this year by incumbent Commissioner Jennifer Thompson.
Springer and Perez-Calhoun each submitted more than 1,400 signatures from residents of D4, which covers southeast Orange County. The Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office qualified them for the ballot Wednesday.
“I’m incredibly grateful to every resident in District 4 who opened their door to my family and I and agreed to sign a petition. I plan to spend the next 13 weeks demonstrating to all voters in District 4 that I am the candidate that will bring vision, leadership, and accountability to Orange County government,” Springer stated in a release news release from her campaign. “Qualifying to be on the ballot would not have been possible without our hardworking and dedicated volunteers. They gave up their time, were not deterred by the rain or heat, and were always enthusiastic. Their belief in my campaign is humbling. I’m honored to have them by my side.”
The qualified candidates face off in the August 28 election. If no one gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two will meet again in the November election.
“I want to thank God, my family, my amazing volunteers and the residents of District 4 for blessing me with the opportunity to be on the ballot by qualifying by petition,” Perez-Calhoun stated in a release from her campaign. “It has been a great experience getting to meet, converse and share with our residents from all parts of District 4. I look forward to further meeting and sharing with each you my vision for District 4 and for Orange County. I will keep spreading a message and vision of hope, opportunity and prosperity because the best is yet to come if we place people over politics and work together for a better Orange County.”