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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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District 37California State SenateNovember 8, 2016California General Election

November 8, 2016California General Election

California State SenateDistrict 37

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Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (569/569).

About this office

State senators introduce and vote on new laws, hold hearings, approve appointments to state agencies, and approve the state budget. They are elected to four-year terms.
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Who’s Running?

For this office, only the two candidates who get the most votes in the primary election appear in the general election. This is because of California's "top two" system. In some cases, the two candidates may be from the same political party.
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Republican
California State Senator
228,480 votes (57%)Winning
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  • Budget & Finances - My focus is creating a lean, efficient, and fiscally sound state government.
  • Taxes - California has the highest income tax, sales tax, gas tax (when cap-and-trade is added in) and the 4th highest corporate taxes. We can’t afford to raise taxes.
  • Jobs and Small Business Growth - I’ve only been in the Senate a short time, but I’m already working on exposing the job-killing regulations and taxes.
Profession:Current California State Senator, former Orange County Supervisor and Orange County Treasurer Tax Collector

As a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner, John Moorlach began his career in public service 20 years ago when he warned that then Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Robert Citron’s risky investment strategies would lead to bankruptcy. Moorlach’s warnings proved true when Orange County filed for bankruptcy protection in December of 1994, becoming the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

In the aftermath, the Board of Supervisors appointed John Moorlach to serve out the term of County Treasurer-Tax Collector, where he took immediate steps to reorganize county finances, cut losses, lessen risk, and create efficiencies within government.

Moorlach became well known nationally for his bold and effective steps in recovering the county’s financial outlook, as well as for his drive for greater transparency in government financial operations.

John Moorlach was twice re-elected to County Treasurer-Tax Collector. In 2006, voters elected John to serve in his first of two terms on the Board of Supervisors, where he continued his focus on reforming the county’s budget practices and sounding the alarm on the county’s growing unfunded liabilities.


Prior to serving as Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector, John Moorlach was a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, and Vice President of Balser, Horowitz, Frank & Wakeling, an Accountancy Corporation, and was the administrative partner of its Costa Mesa office. He served on numerous nonprofit and industry related boards during his eighteen years in public practice and was a frequent writer and speaker on financial topics.

Moorlach is a California history enthusiast and served as Vice President of the Gold Discovery to Statehood California (1848-1850) Sesquicentennial Foundation Board. He has photographed nearly all of the state’s historical landmarks, a program under the auspices of the State Historical Resources Commission. Consequently, he has visited every county in the state, some on numerous occasions, and has enjoyed multiple drives on Highway One, from San Diego County to Crescent City and beyond.

A 1977 graduate from California State University in Long Beach, Moorlach was recognized in 2014 as the CSU Long Beach College of Business Administration Alumnus of the Year.

Moorlach passed the C.P.A. exam in 1978 and completed his studies for the Certified Financial Planner designation in 1987. He earned a Certificate in Public Finance from the University of Delaware, Division of Continuing Education in 1995, the Certificate of Achievement in Public Plan Policy (CAPPP) in Employee Pensions in 1999 and the Trustees Masters Program in 2003 through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, and the New Supervisors Training Institute in 2007 from California State University in Sacramento in cooperation with their Center for California Studies.

In March, 2015, Orange County voters elected John Moorlach to serve in the State Senate, where he quickly established himself as a leading taxpayer advocate and conservative budget hawk.  The prominent conservative “Flash Report” called Senator Moorlach, “The Fiscal Conscience of the CA Legislature.”
  • California Republican Party
  • Orange County Republican Party
  • Orange County Business Council
  • OCTaxPAC
  • Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Associations
Total money raised: $453,796

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
C.J. Segerstrom & Sons
$8,400
1
California Society of CPAs
$8,400
1
Chevron
$8,400
1
Irvine Company
$8,400
1
New Majority California
$8,400
1
Philip Morris USA
$8,400
1
The Doctors Company
$8,400

By State:

California 86.70%
Virginia 2.08%
Georgia 1.37%
Florida 1.22%
Other 8.63%
86.70%8.63%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.51%)
Small contributions (0.49%)
99.51%

By Type:

From organizations (76.61%)
From individuals (23.39%)
76.61%23.39%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Email johnmoorlach@gmail.com
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Ari Grayson

Democratic
Educator/Environmental Scientist
172,455 votes (43%)
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  • Education - ensuring affordability and access to California's outstanding education system
  • the Economy - helping the economy grow and thrive by creating well paying jobs in technology, science, and medicine
  • Energy & the Environment - supporting innovation and technology that generate jobs in green technologies while supporting environmental health
Profession:Educator, Consultant, Designer & Environmental Scientist
The University of Michigan PhD, Architecture, Engineering, & Psychology (1996)
The University of Michigan MS, Architecture, Engineering, & Psychology (1996)
Arizona State University MS, Architecture, Engineering, & Psychology (1990)
  • California Labor Federation
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters
  • Planned Parenthood
  • the League of Humane Voters
  • Mike Beanan ~ VP South Laguna Civic Association
Total money raised: $62,177

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
GRAYSON, ARI E.
$8,998
2
Association of California School Administrators
$8,500
2
California State Council of Laborers
$8,500
3
Maricopa Community Colleges
$3,167
4
IUOE State Unit 12
$2,500

By State:

California 53.98%
Arizona 21.84%
District of Columbia 1.95%
Nebraska 0.39%
Other 0.13%
Other 0.13%
Other 0.26%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
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Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
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Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
Other 0.52%
53.98%21.84%

By Size:

Large contributions (96.85%)
Small contributions (3.15%)
96.85%

By Type:

From organizations (40.60%)
From individuals (59.40%)
40.60%59.40%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Email arigrayson37sd@gmail.com

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