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February 23, 2013

Supervisor Moorlach weighing a run for governor

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Supervisor John Moorlach at last August's West Orange County Legislative Mixer

The following is excerpted from Supervisor John Moorlach’s email to supporters in response to an NBC article about his consideration of a run for governor.

After my wife and I had our first child thirty years ago, the question we would hear most often was “are you going to have another?” With term limits, it’s déjà vu all over again, with the question now being, “what are you doing next?” I just did not have an answer. Serving a third term made the most sense, but that was blocked by three of my colleagues. So, following the exhortation of Jim Collins in his book Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (with thanks to John Pearson’s book Mastering the Management Buckets), I decided to consider a small twist on the pursuing of a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal).

At the age of 57 I have accomplished a series of large goals. I have enjoyed the private sector for more than eighteen years and served as a managing partner of a wonderful Certified Public Accounting firm office for ten of those years. I served as an elected County Treasurer-Tax Collector for twelve years, turning around a department that had been an international embarrassment. I am now concluding eight years as a County Supervisor, which provides an incredible breadth of exposure to services provided by the state and Federal governments to the local level. In between, I have visited all 58 counties of the state of California with my wife and three children, photographing nearly all of the 1,100 California State Historical Landmarks. I have hiked to the peaks of every mountain range you can see here in the immediate area and traversed throughout the Sierras, including summiting Mt. Whitney a couple of times. I served on the California Sesquicentennial efforts with Huell Howser and other wonderful historians, finding myself again traveling all around the state (on my own dime) in this attempt to commemorate California’s 150th anniversary as a state. Most importantly, I have a story. My political career started because I stepped into the forum to decry the irresponsible investing practices of Robert L. Citron with taxpayer dollars. The rest is history and is well documented in a long list of books and publications, including my LOOK BACKS. Having been through a Chapter 9 bankruptcy turnaround, I know the drill. I have been publicly outspoken on municipal fiscal and investment management for some twenty years or more. As you can see from the last LOOK BACK below, I have been addressing the public employee defined benefit pension plan crisis for more than ten years! I love California, I love it’s history, and I would love to participate in turning its dismal financial condition around.

With this collective forty years of post-high school experiences, and the encouragement from many friends and supporters, the idea of considering a Big Hairy Audacious Goal is in front of me. It’s fun to ponder an idea that was never on my radar screen when my journey began. With that, NBCNews.com picked up the OC Register’s electronic article on my current decision process. I’m just laying things out for you as it relates to this very recent consideration of a Big Hairy Audacious Goal. I’m not campaigning or asking you to do anything at this time. Just know that I am on a listening tour on what may be my Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, or Plan D. Proverbs 11:14 states that “in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” Accordingly, I’m calling as many individuals as time permits to ask for their counsel. It is nice to have options. It is great to have friends. It is amazingly wonderful to have a supportive wife and three great adult children (and son-in-law). Having a new granddaughter certainly provides the necessary perspective on life in general. My family has allowed me to risk and sacrifice in the past and they continue to allow me to dream big dreams. And for that I will be eternally grateful. In the meantime, I am fully focused on my current position, which commands more than 100 percent of my attention.

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File photo by C.E.H. Wiedel of Supervisor John Moorlach speaking at a legislative mixer sponsored by the West Orange County Legislative Committee.

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