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Former GOP Senate candidate DeVore joins O.C. supervisors' race

March 24, 2011 |  8:26 pm

Former Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, a conservative candidate who lost the GOP Senate primary to Carly Fiorina last year, announced Thursday that he is running for the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

The 2012 contest will be a raucous competition among two well-known Republicans and former state legislators. DeVore’s opponent is former Assemblyman Todd Spitzer, who already served on the county board and has a healthy campaign war chest.

In an email to supporters, DeVore focused on the state’s unfunded pension liability and accused Spitzer of being part of the problem in Sacramento -- where he served in the Assembly -- and Santa Ana.

“The battle to end the era of Big-Government Republicans starts right here, right now, in Orange County,” DeVore wrote. “Soon, voters in Orange County will have a choice: returning to office a Republican who works for the union bosses; or voting for a proven fiscal conservative.”

A strategist for Spitzer countered that the former prosecutor would prevail once voters examined the candidates.

“This campaign is going to be about who can do the best job for the people of Orange County,” said Dave Gilliard, a GOP consultant. “When they look at Todd’s record and Chuck’s record, they’re going to come down on Todd’s side pretty resoundingly.”

-- Seema Mehta in Los Angeles