By Ann Frances –
Current Irvine City Councilmember Farrah Khan is likely to unseat Mayor Christina Shea in the race for Irvine mayor. Khan netted 49,086 votes (48.89 percent) while Shea collected 35,562 votes (35.42 percent), according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters. Luis Huang and Katherine Daigle garnered 7.88 and 7.82 percent of the votes respectively.
In the race for the three open city council seats, Tammy Kim grabbed the most votes with 38,474 (15.2 percent). Larry Agran and Lauren Johnson-Norris came in second and third, with 33,747 and 33,519 respectively.
Khan was elected to the Irvine City Council and began serving in 2018, after an unsuccessful run for council in 2016 when she came in fourth, with just two seats open at the time. In the 2018 election, she earned the top spot out of the 12 candidates and earned one of the two open seats.
In a statement filed on Ballotpedia.com Khan indicated that her priorities, if elected mayor, include supporting residents and businesses through the pandemic and economic crisis; maintaining the health and safety of residents; and working to continue to develop a city that is environmentally and economically sustainable.
Khan holds a B.A. in English from U.C. Davis and is married with two sons.