Endorsements

Public Safety

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas

Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada
Orange County Sheriff (Retired) Brad Gates
Costa Mesa Police Chief Robert Sharpnack
CSU Fullerton Police Chief Dennis DeMaio
Fountain Valley Chief of Police (Retired) Elvin Miali
Fullerton Police Chief David Hendricks
Fullerton Police Chief (Retired) Patrick McKinley
Garden Grove Police Chief Todd Elgin
Huntington Beach Police Chief Robert Handy
Huntington Beach Police Chief (Retired) Earle Robitaille
Irvine Chief of Police Mike Hamel
La Palma Police Chief Terry Kim
Los Alamitos Police Chief Eric Nunez
Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis, in his personal capacity
Orange Police Chief Tom Kisela
Placentia Police Chief Darin Lenyi
Santa Ana Police Chief (Retired) Paul Walters
Saddleback College Police Chief Pat Higa
Seal Beach Police Chief Joe Miller
Seal Beach Police Chief (Retired) Stacy Picascia
Tustin Police Chief Charlie Celano
UCI Police Chief Jorge Cisneros

Orange County Attorneys’ Association
Association of Orange County Deputy District Attorneys

Sheriff John McMahon, San Bernardino County
Sheriff Bill Gore, San Diego County
Sheriff Ian Parkinson, San Luis Obispo County
Sheriff Geoff Dean, Ventura County

Assistant Sheriff (Retired) Mark Billings
Assistant Sheriff (Retired) John “JB” Davis
Assistant Sheriff (Retired) Dr. John “Rocky” Hewitt
Assistant Sheriff (Retired) Mike James
Orange County Assistant Sheriff & Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief (Retired) Mike Hillmann
Assistant Sheriff (Retired) Jerry Krans
Assistant Sheriff (Retired) Pete Gannon

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley

Individuals

Former U.S. Secretary of Education Bill Evers
Scott Baugh, Past Chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County
Mike Hayde, CEO, Western National Group
Jim Allen, Allen Packaging
Dennis Assael, Assael Properties, LLC
Gregg Bouslog, Owner, On Target
TJ Fuentes, Fuentes Strategic Consulting Group, Inc.
John Ginger, J. Ginger Masonry
Frank Jao, Bridgecreek Development
Buck Johns, President, Inland Energy, Inc.
TJ Johnston, AllSafe Defense Systems
Dr. Reza Karkia, Commissioner (prior position), California Council on Criminal Justice
Lucky Lippa, Lippa Insurance
Robert Lotter, CEO, The Lotter Group
Tony Moiso, CEO, Rancho Mission Viejo
Paul Musco, President, Gemini Industries, Inc.
Donna Porter, CEO, Premier Framing
Richard Reisman, OC Business Journal
Mario Rodriguez, Hispanic 100
Dr. Harvinder “Harry” Sahota, Cardiologist

Local Officials

California Board of Equalization
Chairwoman Diane Harkey

United States Congress
U.S. Representative Ken Calvert
U.S. Representative Darrell Issa
U.S. Representative Ed Royce
U.S. Representative Mimi Walters

California State Senate
Senator Pat Bates, Republican Leader
Senator Dick Ackerman (Retired)

California State Assembly
Assemblymember Phillip Chen
Assemblymember Matthew Harper
Former Assemblymember Young Kim
Former Assemblymember Jim Silva

Orange County Supervisors
Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett
Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do
Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel
Supervisor William Steiner (Retired)

Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees
Former President Anna Bryson

City of Anaheim
Councilmember Kris Murray

City of Costa Mesa
Councilmember Jim Rigeheimer

City of Fountain Valley
Mayor Pro Tem Michael Vo

City of Garden Grove
Mayor Steve Jones

City of Huntington Beach
City Attorney Michael Gates
Councilmember Erik Peterson

City of Laguna Hills
Councilmember Melody Carruth

City of Lake Forest
Mayor Scott Voigts
Mayor Pro Tem Leah Basile
Councilmember Dwight Robinson
Councilmember Jim Gardner

City of Mission Viejo
Councilmember Greg Raths

City of San Juan Capistrano
Mayor Pro Tem Sergio Farias
Councilmember Pam Patterson

City of Westminster
Mayor Tri Ta
Councilmember Tyler Diep
Councilmember Kimberly Ho

City of Yorba Linda
Councilmember Tara Campbell

"I am honored to offer my endorsement for Don Barnes for the next Sheriff of Orange County. Donald Barnes is the right choice in order to continue advancement of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department. As Assistant Sheriff, Don and I worked closely on many critical incidents that could have severely impacted Orange County. I have found Don to be a superb leader, well experienced manager, highly competent and respected by not only his peers but allied public safety officials as well. Don is of the highest integrity in all that he says and does."

Michael R. Hillmann
Michael R. Hillmann Former OCSD Assistant Sheriff and LAPD Deputy Chief (Retired)

“I am proud to endorse Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes for the position of Sheriff-Coroner of Orange County. Don has worked for our Department for 29 years and has excelled at every position and assignment. He possesses the experience and qualities needed to lead an agency with 3,800 sworn and professional staff members and over 800 reserve personnel. I am confident that Don Barnes will work tirelessly and effectively to keep the citizens of Orange County safe in their homes, neighborhoods, schools and places of business.”

Sandra Hutchens
Sandra Hutchens Orange County Sheriff

"Don Barnes has done an excellent job as Undersheriff of Orange County and he has a proven service record to Orange County that goes back 29 years. We need Don Barnes to continue protecting the citizens of Orange County and that’s why he has my support."

Mimi Walters
Mimi Walters U.S. Representative

"Don has been a strong conservative voice on public safety issues. He provided key testimony in support of my legislation targeting sex offenders and led efforts to sponsor legislation targeting the illicit sale of fentanyl. Don also has worked hard to educate legislators about the consequences of initiatives like Prop 47 and 57 which have weakened our criminal justice system. As Sheriff, Don will be a consistent voice in support of policies that will improve the safety of our communities and hold accountable those who break the law. "

Pat Bates
Pat Bates Senate Minority Leader

"Undersheriff Don Barnes is the best candidate to serve as our next sheriff. He is a man of integrity with a proven record of strong leadership. As county supervisor I have worked with Don on a regular basis and have seen first hand his ability to get the job done. On critical challenges like homelessness, emergency preparedness and gang violence, Don has demonstrated a willingness to adopt innovative solutions that will continue to keep Orange County safe."

Andrew Do
Andrew Do Orange County Supervisor

“I am pleased to endorse Don Barnes for Sheriff. Don has been an integral part of South County public safety for nearly three decades. As a Sergeant, Chief of Police Services and Commander he has had direct responsibility for law enforcement services in our communities.”

Lisa Bartlett
Lisa Bartlett Orange County Supervisor