In Orange County, looking for a ‘fresh start.’



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In Orange County, looking for a ‘fresh start.’


Sept. 14, 2021, 3:29 p.m. ET

Sept. 14, 2021, 3:29 p.m. ET

Californians cast their ballots in the recall election at West Anaheim Youth Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Californians cast their ballots in the recall election at West Anaheim Youth Center in Anaheim, Calif.Credit…Allison Zaucha for The New York Times

LADERA RANCH, Calif. — At the Oak Knoll Village Clubhouse, deep in the affluent suburbs of southern Orange County, a steady stream of late model crossover S.U.V.s parked in the lot at 9 a.m.

The vote center is nestled in an enormous sprawl of Spanish Mission and Tuscan-inspired tract mansions where supporters of former President Donald J. Trump have rallied in the past.

Lindsay Henry, 41, dropped off her ballot with her 19-year-old son, Tyler, at the Oak Knoll Village clubhouse in Ladera Ranch.

While her son voted for the recall, she said she voted against it.

“I’m definitely not a Gavin fan,” she said. “I just think it’s a waste of money if we’re going to have to do this again next year.”

Both mother and son chose Anthony Trimino, “a Laderian” they know personally, on the second question.

“He’s very faith-based and generous,” Ms. Henry said.

“He’s a good speaker,” her son added.

Candice Carvalho, 42, who cast her ballot against the recall because, she said, “I thought it was important to show that Orange County isn’t just Republicans.”

She expressed frustration that the recall was taking so much attention at a critical moment in the pandemic.

“It was a waste of money and completely unnecessary,” she said. “And I’m a little shocked we’re focusing on this now.”

Ms. Carvalho said she doesn’t know much about the specifics of the recall law, but “it seems slightly too easy to put this recall on.”

A handful of voters heading into the polls said they were supporting the recall.

Leslie Geer, 39, who wore a flowered tennis skirt, was among them. The teaching assistant and mother of three said she wanted to vote in person because she was worried about mail-in ballot fraud.

She planned to vote for Larry Elder, who she said she listened to growing up, because he planned to lift vaccine mandates.

But, she said, “anyone would be better than Gavin Newsom,” who she blamed for poverty, homelessness and high taxes.

“We just need a fresh start,” she said.

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