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Joe Dunn expected to enter congressional race for Loretta Sanchez's seat

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Status of Bao Nguyen, Lynn Schott congressional candidacies updated Aug. 2.

Former state Sen. Joe Dunn, D-Santa Ana, may be the next to join the race to replace Rep. Loretta Sanchez, the Orange Democrat now running for U.S. Senate.

Dunn didn’t respond to my phone messages Friday but I’ve heard he’s making calls to drum up support for a bid. Dunn would pose a formidable opponent to former state Sen. Lou Correa, the first and best-known of three Democrats to enter the race so far.

Dunn was elected to the Senate in 1998, upsetting Republican incumbent Rob Hurtt. He was reelected in 2002 and ran unsuccessfully for state controller in 2006. He then served as CEO of the California Medical Association until 2010, when he was appointed executive director of the State Bar of California.

Dunn was fired in November 2014 and filed a lawsuit against the bar, with both sides claiming malfeasance by the other. The bar and Dunn are now in arbitration, according to the Sacramento Business Journal. In June, the state released an audit critical of the bar for inadequate discipline of members and raised issues with the purchase of a $77 million building. Dunn was leading the bar for most of the period covered by the audit.

Read the whole story at The Orange County Register

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