(Newport Beach, CA) – On Saturday, Senator John Moorlach (R-37) hosted a campaign kickoff and headquarters grand-opening for his 2020 re-election to the California State Senate. The standing-room-only crowd at the Newport Beach campaign office reflected the high-energy and drive among grass-roots volunteers for Senator Moorlach’s re-election.
“Our campaign will be won on the ground,” declared Senator Moorlach. “We have the best, most motivated volunteers, and we’re building a team that will deliver a winning turnout in November.”
Under California’s absentee ballot law changes, large-scale volunteer operations have become a premium toward ensuring victory. Senator Moorlach has long enjoyed one of Orange County’s largest grass-roots followings.
“We’re excited for the possibilities,” said campaign manager John Freeman. “Our people are energized, and the campaign kickoff marks the beginning of a year-long effort to win re-election in this Republican seat.”
Senator John Moorlach began his public career in 1994, when as a CPA and Certified Financial Planner, he warned that Orange County’s highly leveraged investment strategies would lead to fiscal disaster. Orange County filed for bankruptcy protection that December, incurring an historic $1.64 billion in investment losses. The incumbent County Treasurer resigned in disgrace and would be convicted and serve time.
Appointed to turn around the mess, John Moorlach quickly reorganized the Treasurer’s office, lowered risks, cut costs, and made it more efficient and transparent. As an officer of the County, he assisted in its exit from Chapter 9 bankruptcy in 18 months without the need of a sales tax hike. Moorlach also played a significant role in obtaining more than $800 million in litigation settlements, the largest in U.S. history at that time.
Grateful voters twice re-elected John Moorlach as Treasurer-Tax Collector, then in 2006 to the first of two terms as an Orange County Supervisor. In 2015, he won his State Senate special election outright in the Primary.
In the Senate, John Moorlach has warned that serious problems lurk behind California’s seeming prosperity. He produced balance sheet analyses of all California cities, counties, and school districts, communicating how pension and retiree medical liabilities are putting hundreds of budgets at risk for fiscal distress should an economic down cycle occur. The effort has been one of measuring the fiscal conditions in order to manage toward sounder financial policies.
Senator Moorlach has also been a leading voice to address mental illness and California’s homelessness, including leading the state’s implementation of Laura’s Law and helping find funding for psychiatric hospital beds.
John and Trina Moorlach live in Costa Mesa and are proud grandparents. When his children were younger, John and his family spent family vacations traveling all over beautiful California, visiting every county and photographing nearly all its 1,114 historical landmarks.
California’s 37th Senate District includes the cities of Irvine, Orange, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and Costa Mesa, among others. The district is located entirely within Orange County.