Todd Spitzer for District Attorney Endorsements

"We have to clean up the corruption in the DA's office and be fearless in the pursuit of public corruption wherever it exists. That’s why I will not accept endorsements from any current elected officials."

-Todd Spitzer


“The politicians don’t want Todd to run...he’s beholden to no one except the people and the victims of Orange County.”


--Haze Saliture, mother of daughter Allison who was killed by DUI driver.
Spitzer was the prosecutor on the case and won.


Campaign Co-Chairs and Finance Co-Chairs



Ruben Barrales

President, Grow Elect and Latino Leadership & Policy Forum Former Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush and Director of White House Intergovernmental Affairs


Mike Harrah
President of Caribou Industries*


Mario Rodriguez
Chairman of the Hispanic 100* ​


Rosario Marin
Former United States Treasurer and Former Chair California
Crime Victims Compensation Board*


William Taormina
CEO, Clean City, Inc.*​


Finance CO-Chairs


Barry Cottle
Principal, C&C Development*


Dennis Assael
Managing Partner, DMSA, LLC*


Donna Porter
CEO Building Industry; Fraternal Order of Police Humanitarian of the Year Award*


William Shopoff
President and CEO, Shopoff Realty Investments, LLP*





Victims' Rights Leaders

Harriett Salarno
Chair and Co-Founder, Crime Victims United California*

Jane Bouffard
Board of Directors, Justice for Homicide Victims, Inc.*


John Saliture & Haze Saliture 
John- Advisory Board Member, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, Southern California.* John & Haze -parents of daughter Allison who was killed by DUI Driver.  Spitzer was the prosecutor on the case.


Nina Salarno
President, Crime Victims United California* ​


Patricia Almazan 
Daughter of Graphic artist and CSUF employee Frank Teplansky who was murdered at CSUF 41 years ago


Patricia Wenskunas
Founder, CEO of Crime Survivors*


Paul Wilson 
Husband of Christy Lynn Wilson who was killed in the Salon Meritage shooting in Seal Beach


Ron Thomas 
Father of Kelly Thomas, the mentally ill homeless man who died following a violent encounter with Fullerton police


Shirley Tapia
Former Board Member, Parents of Murdered Children* ​





Law Enforcement Leaders


David Snowden

Chief, City of Beverly Hills, City of Costa Mesa & City of
Baldwin Park Police Departments, retired ​


Dennis Bauer

Senior Orange County Deputy DA, retired


Mike Messina

Chief, Brea Police Department, retired ​


Jeff Winter

Senior Orange County Deputy DA, retired


Joe Polisar

Chief, Garden Grove PD, retired


Mike Flory
Orange County Deputy District Attorney


Scott Well

Former Deputy District Attorney


John Welter

Chief, Anaheim Police Department, retired ​


Karen Schatzle

Senior Orange County Deputy DA


Steve Beeuswaert

Retired Chief, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Southern Division ​


Steve Simonian

Chief, Bureau of Investigations for the Los Angeles County
District Attorney’s Office, retired ​


Ward Smith

Chief, Placentia Police Department, retired


Jack Sullens

Assistant District Attorney, retired


Michael Jacobs

Senior Deputy District Attorney/Homicide Prosecutor ​



*Titles and affiliations of each individual are provided for identification purposes only.



Former Elected Officials


Brett Franklin
Former City Councilman, Santa Ana

Gary Capata
Former Mayor, Laguna Niguel

James Thor
Former Mayor, Rancho Santa Margarita

Jan Flory
Former Mayor Pro Tem, Fullerton

Joe Soto
Former Mayor, San Juan Capistrano

Kathryn McCullough
Former Mayor, Lake Forest

L. Allan Songstad
Former Mayor, Laguna Hills


Marilynn Poe
Former Mayor, Los Alamitos

Neil Blais
Former Mayor, Rancho Santa Margarita

Robert Helton, M.D.
Former Mayor, Villa Park and U.S. Air Force Flight Surgeon

Sam Allevato
Former Mayor, San Juan Capistrano

Scott Schoeffel
Former Mayor, Dana Point

Steve Simonian
Former Mayor, La Habra

William Vanderwerff
Former President, Board of Directors, East Orange County Water District


*Titles and affiliations of each individual are provided for identification purposes only.



Community and Business Leaders


Joe Adams
President, Discovery Cube Orange County*


Anita B. Bessler

Edwards Lifesciences, Corporate Vice President of Global Franchise Management*


Brett and Denise Bittel

Community Volunteers; Businesspeople*


Steve Cameron

President and Founder, Foremost Companies*


Patrick and Mary Dirk

Co-founders, TROY Group*


Jim Fullmer

Chief Financial Officer, Fullmer Construction*


Peter and John Ganahl

Ganahl Lumber Company*


Daniel and Susan Guggenheim

Philanthropists and Businesspeople*


Larry Haynes

Executive Director, Mercy House*

Sinan Kanatsiz

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, KCOMM*


Charice King

Shamrock Animal Rescue Foundation*


Paul Leon

CEO and President of Illumination Foundation*


Robert V. “Bobby” McDonald

President and Executive Director, Black Chamber of Commerce, Orange County*


Andy Pitchess

Community Leader; Son of the Late Peter Pitchess, Los Angeles County Sheriff*


Bruno Serato

Philanthropist, Restaurant Owner and Chef; Founder of Caterina’s Club*


Rabbi Richard Steinberg

Senior Rabbi, The Rona Perley Memorial Senior Rabbinic Chair*


Larry and Lynn Vaughan

Founders, Academy of Defensive Driving*


Wayne Wedin

President, Wedin Enterprises, Inc.* Former Mayor, City of Brea, Retired


Reverend Mark E. Whitlock, Jr.

Pastor of Christ Our Redeemer A.M.E. Church (COR Church), Orange County*


Alan Woo

Executive Director, Asian Pacific Communities Services*


*Titles and affiliations of each individual are provided for identification purposes only.



Criminal Defense Attorneys


Scott Well

Criminal Defense Attorney


Barney Gibbs

Criminal Defense Attorney


Jeff Kent

Criminal Defense Attorney


Vincent LaBarbera

Criminal Defense Attorney


Alfredo Rasch

Investigator, Rasch Investigations


Zachary McCready

Criminal Defense Attorney


*Titles and affiliations of each individual are provided for identification purposes only.




Endorse Todd Spitzer for District Attorney


Todd is proud to have the support of organizations and Orange County residents alike. Join us by submitting your endorsement as we stand together to protect our community.



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