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Orange CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 3Short Term

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Loretta Sanchez

Educator/Small Businesswoman
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Housing & Homelessness- Congresswoman Sanchez has already developed housing for homeless women-the most at risk homeless population. She has also laid down the plans to build a housing factory in Anaheim, providing more affordable housing
  • Healthcare- While OC Board of Supervisor managed healthcare centers have seen their quantity of services decrease in recent years, prices have ballooned. The way OC provides healthcare services to its residents needs to be entirely reevaluated.
  • Fire Safety- Orange County's procedures when it comes to fire safety are out of date. The recent fires have shown that in order to prevent the worst and help our brave firefighters, the board must be proactive and fix problems before it is too late.



Profession:Educator / Small Business Owner
Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Elected position (1997–2017)
Member, U.S. House of Representatives — Elected position (1997–2017)
Financial President, Amiga Advisors Incorporated (1993–1996)
Financial Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton (1990–1993)
Financial Assistant, Fieldman, Rolapp & Associates (1987–1990)


American University M.B.A, Finance (1984)
Chapman B.S., Economics (1982)


As an extremely experienced and qualified candidate for the Orange County (“OC”) Board of Supervisors, I will bring over 30 years of government service, project financing, infrastructure development and government affairs expertise to the Board. I and my family have made OC our home for over 55 years and I represented the OC for 20 years in the U.S. Congress.

Since my retirement from Congress in 2017, I have remained fully engaged in our community, devoting my time to finance and to building a permanent apartment complex for homeless women in OC, mentoring young candidates for public office, and consulting on business development and trade issues.

I am uniquely experienced in transportation and infrastructure, public safety, homelessness issues, water infrastructure and drought defense, and public project financing. Named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women of Congress in 2016, my love for Orange County and my experience working with local, county and state government and my unmatched knowledge of federal and state programs makes me the best choice to move Orange County forward!

I look forward to earning your Vote for Orange County Board Supervisor for District 3 on Tuesday, March 12th!

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Rep. Katie Porter
  • California Democratic Party
  • Orange County Labor Federation

Organizations (17)

  • United Association Plumber and Pipe Fitters Local 582
  • Operating Engineers Local 12
  • Laborers 652 in Santa Ana
  • President Emeritus Chapman University Jim Doti
  • Women in Leadership
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • United Nurses Association of California
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Local 324
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 441
  • American Federation of Teachers Local 1794
  • Roofers Local 220
  • Ray Cordova, South County Labor
  • United Domestic Workers-AFSCME
  • Communication Workers of America Local 1490
  • Orange County Employees Association

Elected Officials (27)

  • Rep. Harley Rouda
  • Rep. ‎Lou Correa
  • Rep. Alan Lowenthal
  • Rep. Linda T. Sanchez
  • Rep. Gil Cisneros
  • City of Westminster ‎Councilmember Sergio Contreras
  • Anaheim Union High School District Trustee Al Jabbar
  • Anaheim Union High School District Trustee Anne Marie Randle-Trejo
  • Anaheim City School District Trustee Ryan A. Ruelas
  • Santa Ana Unified School District Trustee Ryan A. Ruelas
  • Santa Ana Unified School District Trustee Valerie Amezcua
  • Santa Ana Unified School District Trustee John Palacios
  • City of Santa Ana Councilmember Sal Tinajero
  • City of Santa Ana Councilmember Vince Sarmiento
  • City of Irvine Councilmember Farrah Khan
  • Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva
  • Assemblywoman Cottie Petri-Norris
  • OC Supervisor Doug Chaffee
  • City of Anaheim Councilmember Jordon Brandman
  • City of Anaheim Councilmember Lorri Galloway
  • City of Buena Park Councilmember Connor Traut
  • Mayor of Costa Mesa Katrina Foley
  • City of Fullerton Councilmember Jesus Silva
  • Former Mayor of Irvine Beth Krom
  • City of Irvine Councilmember Melissa Fox
  • Assemblyman Tom Daly

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Jobs and Economy


Congresswoman Sanchez's top priorities include promoting job creation and policies that will sustain long-term economic growth and innovation while strengthening middle class families.

Loretta grew up in a working class family and she has been on the forefront of helping expand opportunities for employees. She has worked with business and labor to negotiate better working conditions and better wages and benefits. She believes healthy, happy employees drive up productivity and have positive benefits to a company’s bottom line.

During her time in Congress, Loretta created the Congressional Regulatory Review Caucus. This bipartisan caucus was created to provide a forum to review the merits and goals of existing and proposed regulations on businesses and the work environment.

As a former financial analyst, Loretta is uniquely situated to help local businesses as they struggle to grow and thrive in our communities. She has fought for small business loans and against tax increases, and she voted for provisions that expand investments and encourage entrepreneurship.

Ms. Sanchez brought hundreds of millions of dollars for basic research to our universities in OC. This in turn has created many new starts in bio-tech, bio-med, and info—each industries in our county.

Congresswoman Sanchez will continue to work with labor and business to create a level playing field for all of us to succeed in our new economy.

Energy and the Environment


During her time in Congress, Congresswoman Sanchez secured almost $400 million to build the Groundwater Replenishment Water System allowing all water in the central and north area of OC to be recycled. She has also worked with California's new tech companies to "green" our buildings, protecting our eviroment and creating new well-paying jobs.

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez has led on the environmental front for the people of Orange County. During her time in Congress she secured almost $400 million to build the Groundwater Replenishment Water System allowing all water in the central and north area of OC to be recycled. As a result, residents have lower water rates and water security for the future.

Ms. Sanchez has worked on securing more natural habitat for the future enjoyment of Orange County residents. She has secured funds to dredge the Newport Back Bay to ensure that natural wetlands are secured for the future.

She secured the monies to clean up the El Toro Marine Base before it was handed over to the county and the City of Irvine.

Loretta worked with UCI to fund a state of the art Climate Change Water Program. She believes we must all do our part to reverse climate change to protect our planet for our children.

Ms. Sanchez has been working with California's new tech companies to develop programs to "green" our buildings. Not only will we protect our environment, but we will create the new well-paying jobs of the future as well.

Healthcare and Social Services


Loretta Sanchez strongly believes that every American, and particularly every child, should have access to quality medical and mental healthcare. Additionally if we are to reduce the homeless population of Orange County we must better equip our social service programs to take on this crisis.

Congresswoman Sanchez has taken an active role in helping children gain access to health services through School-Based Health Centers and supporting the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

Loretta was the only "yes" vote from Orange County to support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which removed "pre-existing conditions and life time insurance limits" on anyone who has a healthcare plan. Her work enabled over 10,000 uninsured Orange County residents to be able to afford a healthcare policy.

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez worked with Congressman Patrick Kennedy to pass the Mental Health Parity Act, which ensures if you have a health insurance plan it must cover mental health services.

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez believes much of our homelessness in OC derives from three issues: the high cost of housing, the inability for our current Board of Supervisors to implement mental health parity and a system to deliver help to those in need, and a lack of a safety net when an illness financially affects a family.

Watching the homeless encampments pop up and grow in many of our cities, Sanchez refused to ignore it. She has been working (pro bono) with WISEPlace, a transitional women’s shelter, to raise money to build a permanent apartment building of 30 micro units (168 sq ft) to rent to (subsidized) unaccompanied, single women. These are the most vulnerable of those out on the streets and Sanchez is co-chair of that capital campaign.

Ms. Sanchez plans to address and work on the housing crisis, mental health parity and to make our healthcare system of delivery more accessible to Orange County residents.

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