LOS ANGELES — Termed-out Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach announced his decision to run in a special election for the 37th State Senate District in a subscribed email Sunday.

The senate seat opened up in November when former Republican State Senator Mimi Walters was elected to replace former U.S. Representative John Campbell in the 45th Congressional District after he decided to retire from office last year.

Moorlach, a Republican, will run against State Assemblyman Don Wagner, a Republican currently representing the northeastern Orange County 68th District.

Moorlach briefly contemplated a run for governor and vied for the seat Walters eventually won.

In his email blog, Moorlach said that comments he has received from constituents convinced him to run.

The three recurring comments Moorlach said he has heard are that constituents are very thankful for his public service and for the job he has done for Orange County residents; they are sad that he is subject to term limits as a county supervisor; and they want him to continue to serve as an elected.

"It's all been kind, good and sincere. The first few conversations were embarrassing and humbling," Moorlach said. "But, after the umpteenth time, you start to wonder if there is a message that I should be cluing into."

After discussions with his wife, Moorlach made the decision to run in the special election that will be held in May 2015.

Moorlach credited with predicting Orange County's bankruptcy in 1994 served as the county treasurer-tax collector for 12 years starting in 1995. He has served eight years as a county supervisor racking up 20 years in public service.

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