Jon is the ONLY candidate born and raised in the City of Orange. Born at Chapman Hospital and raised in the Old Town area of the City of Orange, he now resides in East Orange. Most of the Dumitru family live in Orange, and those not residing in the United States live in the Southern European countries of Romania, Hungary, and Croatia.
Jon Dumitru previously served the City of Orange on the City Council from 2004 to 2012 and as Mayor Pro Tem in 2008. Jon also served as a Commissioner on the Airport Land Use Commission, OC Housing and Community Development Commission and as Director of the OC Sanitation District.
Besides Jon’s time on the Orange City Council he has been very involved in the community since he was a boy. Jon was in Orange Boy Scout Troop 1475, and received the Eagle Scout Award in 1986, the highest award for youth offered by the Boy Scouts of America. As an adult, Jon has been involved in many organizations including:
- Elks Lodge #1475
- American Heart Association
- American Red Cross
- American Cancer Society
- Orange County Firefighters Benevolent Association
- California State Firefighters Association
- National Marrow Donor Program
- Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts of America
- Orange Dog Park Association
- Emergency Services Explorer Post 540
Jon has lived his life giving back to the community, and has been a strong advocate for non-profit groups and their volunteers. He says, "My family, church, teachers, and friends over the years have helped me develop into the man I am today. I owe each of them a great debt, and will always work to give back to those who have given so much of themselves to help me succeed."
He is a strong supporter of Orange's public safety program, as evidenced by his 25 year career in the fire service. He works a 24-hour shift for the Orange County Fire Authority in the Emergency Command Center. He is responsible for receiving emergency calls for fire and medical assistance via 9-1-1 and then relays medical instructions as appropiate. Jon's duties also include coordination firefighting and medical resources throughout Orange County and the State of California. Jon is also an Advisor in Explorer Post 540. This organization trains youth and adults in CPR, first aid, and earthquake preparedness.
Jon has been recognized several times for fighting for rights of Orange residents for smaller government, property rights and fiscal responsibility, to delivering a baby on Mother's Day, to saving a young girl with a gunshot wound, and chasing a carjacker down and holding him for the local police. Jon received the 2008 Southern California 911 For Kids Local Hero award, was named the Orange County "Local Official of the Year" (2007) and received the Orange County Taxpayer Hero Award in 2012.