Title: Orange Council Averts Special Election, Appoints New Member To Fill Vacancy
Date: April 15, 2021
Author: Ian Wheeler
“Kathy Tavoularis, a county employee who was one of seven people to apply to represent Orange’s northern District 3, was appointed by the City Council Tuesday, April 13, to fill the seat left vacant by the March 8 resignation of Mike Alvarez.
Tavoularis will serve until November 2022, when voters will decide whether she will finish the rest of Alvarez’s original four-year term.
…On Tuesday, the council voted 5-1 to avoid a special election by choosing a replacement for Alvarez, and appointed Tavoularis in a separate 4-2 vote.
…Tavoularis received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Cal State Long Beach and works as director of community and government relations for the Orange County Auditor-Controller’s office.
Mayor Mark A. Murphy expressed support for Tavoularis, whom he said has a track record of volunteering at community events.
“I think she brings a wealth of experience, she (attended) Orange Unified schools, she’s lived in the city for 40 years plus,” he said, “and she has a work experience as well as a professional experience that will serve well here.”…”