Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) said Friday that he is considering running for the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
If elected in June 2014, the former Costa Mesa mayor and longtime city resident would succeed Supervisor John Moorlach in representing the 2nd District — an area that includes Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach — on the five-member board that oversees county government and some special districts.
"It's important to many people from our community that we elect someone who has strong roots in Orange County and has lived in the district for a long time to succeed outgoing Supervisor John Moorlach," Mansoor said in a prepared statement sent to the Daily Pilot. "I've represented significant portions of the district for over 10 years and am considering a candidacy.
"I will be making an announcement about my decision in the coming weeks."
Surfside resident Michelle Steel, a member of the state Board of Equalization, officially declared her candidacy for the 2nd District seat in March.
Moorlach lives in Costa Mesa and was first elected supervisor in 2006. His term expires in January 2015.
Mansoor is a former Orange County Sheriff's Department deputy who served on the Costa Mesa City Council from 2002 to 2010. He won his first Assembly seat in 2010 for what was then the 68th District. In November, he was reelected to represent the newly redrawn 74th District.
The OC Weekly was first to report that Mansoor is weighing a run for supervisor.
According to media reports, Moorlach is considering running for governor in a race against incumbent Jerry Brown.