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DPOC announces candidate endorsements for Fall election


On Monday, the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) announced endorsements in various elections for this fall and not without some fireworks.  It takes 60 percent of the vote to earn an official party endorsement.  The two most interesting events were around a non-endorsement in the Santa Ana Mayor’s race and a “robust” discussion about endorsing the candidacy of Lorri Galloway for Anaheim Mayor.

For Santa Ana, officially, there was no endorsement.  But council member Roman Reyna came within two votes of getting the party’s endorsement.  Santa Ana Council members David Benevides and Michele Martinez spoke passionately on Reyna’s behalf.  Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido brought out his heavy guns in the form of former party executive director Frank Barbaro and Irvine Councilman and longtime friend Larry Agran to speak on the Mayor’s behalf.  Benevides urged Barbara to enjoy his retirement and said it was time for a change; Martinez suggested Pulido’s legal investigation might mean the Mayor wouldn’t serve his entire term if elected. And that’s as about as kindly as I can place her remarks for now.  But Reyna clearly has some serious momentum headed to November with an energized youth GOTV effort and the ability to shed blog rumors about his education and background like a duck repels water.

The party firmly endorsed Lorri Galloway for Mayor.  Galloway, who has never lost a race for Anaheim city council, got a rounding endorsement from Party chair Henry Vandermeir and a round of applause from the assembled members.  Galloway had to withstand a challenge from ousted Party North Vice Chair Greg Diamond, who all but confirmed a de facto endorsement of Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait by referring to Galloway as “not a viable candidate” and suggesting the real race was between Lucille Kring and Tait and Diamond practically asked Galloway to step aside.  The only problem with Diamond’s argument is that the DPOC should be in the business of backing and supporting Democratic candidates for office — not Republicans with a strong track record of being anti-union, anti-labor, hypocritical on votes that affect his city but not his business.  Tait and Kring have been beating each other bloody while Galloway raises money, walks neighborhoods and talks to voters.  Galloway has a proven ability to compromise on issues where Tait won’t and can’t.  Galloway’s endorsement was further evidence that the DPOC did the right thing in ousting Diamond from his leadership post months ago.  You cannot walk into the DPOC and advocate for a Republican candidate and expect to win.  And Diamond further tarnishes his own reputation with Party members who still had the class to endorse him for a water district race he’s ill-equipped to handle even if elected.

Dr. Jose Moreno, a newly-minted Democratic who backed Republican Tait for Mayor in Anaheim, also secured the party endorsement for Anaheim City Council.

Before we list all of the DPOC endorsements, we offer our congratulations to all candidates and will remind them this blog is a great place to advertise your Democratic, Progressive and Liberal views to voters and we welcome your online ads for the remainder of the election cycle (yes, it’s a shameless plug).  Your ad supports our hosting fees, technology and system upgrades and allows us to pay our taxes on time.  Please contact me or Chris Prevatt to place your ad as soon as you can.  Ask for a deal……

Here’s the complete list of endorsements:


School Districts

Anaheim City School District: David Robert Heywood, Jeff Cole, Ryan Ruelas

Anaheim Union High School District Area 1: Al Jabbar

Capistrano Unified School District Area 6 : Gila Jones

Centralia School District: Art Montez, Connor Traut

Coast Community College District Area 5: Joel Flores

Cypress City School District: Steve Blount

Fullerton Joint Union School District: Joanne Fawley

Huntington Beach Joint Union School District: Bonnie Castrey, Kathleen Iverson

La Habra City School District: Cynthia Aguirre, Ida MacMurray  

Newport Mesa Unified School District Area 7: Fidel Mora

Orange Unified School District Area 5: Florice Hoffman

Rancho Santiago Unified School District Area 4: Lawrence Labrado

Santa Ana Unified School District: John Palacio, Valerie Amezcua 


City Council/Mayor

Anaheim City Council: Jose F. Moreno

Anaheim Mayor: Lorri Galloway

Buena Park City Council: Greg Ferguson

Costa Mesa City Council: Katrina FoleyJay Humphrey

Fullerton City Council: Doug Chaffee

Garden Grove City Council: Kris BeardQuang “Mike” Tran

Garden Grove Mayor: Bao Nguyen

Huntington Beach City Council: Connie BoardmanJoe ShawMark Bixby

Irvine City Council: Larry AgranMelissa Fox

Irvine Mayor: Mary Ann Gaido

Laguna Beach City Council: Toni Iseman

Santa Ana City Council Ward 2: Michele Martinez

Santa Ana City Council Ward 4: David Benavides

Santa Ana City Council Ward 6: Sal Tinajero

Stanton City Council: Kevin Carr

Tustin City Council: Rebecca Gomez



Municipal Water District of Orange County Area 1: Greg Diamond

Municipal Water DIstrict of Orange County Area 5: Ron Varasteh