For months there has been speculation on who would be Mayor Tom Tait’s candidate in Anaheim Hills-based District 6. The question was answered last month when Anaheim Hills resident and close Tait family friend Patty Gaby filed candidate papers.
Gaby served for several years as a member of the Anaheim Golf Commission, was a member of the Anaheim Golf Commission – which was eliminated a number of years ago. Mayor Tait secured Gaby’s a new commission appointment shortly after she filed candidate papers when a vacancy on the Parks and Recreation Commission suddenly occurred – thank to Alfonso Rodriguez (a Moreno-nominee appointed less than a year before) resigned, citing “scheduling conflicts.” Rodriguez teaches history at Anaheim High School and – along with fellow Moreno protege Ryan Ruelas – co-founded and advises the AnaheimBROS – the student political club that provides Moreno and his allies with campaign foot soldiers.
Mighty convenient timing.
This allows Gaby to use “city commissioner” as a ballot title.
Gaby is a teacher with the La Habra City School District. She joined the picket line when her teachers union went on strike in 2010 to protest a 2% pay cut the school board approved to deal with an projected $3.8 million budget shortfall.
No word on where Gaby stands on the Anaheim Resort unions attempt to impose an $18 minimum wage on targeted Resort businesses. Team Tait has rigged for silent running on this issue.
Patty Gaby’s fundraising ability is unknown, but she will likely be almost totally reliant on the Tait endorsement and political operation. It’s also safe to assume Democrat and savings and loan heir Howard Ahmanson Jr. will fund significant independent expenditures on her behalf, as he did for another Tait candidate, Denise Barnes in District 1 in 2016.
There are two other Republicans – Trevor O’Neil and Sergio Gonzalez – and a liberal Democrat – Grant Henninger – who have filed candidate papers. Gonzalez and O’Neil are both conservative, pro-business candidates who have both fielded robust campaigns.
Gaby’s entry rounds out Team Tait for 2018, along with incumbent Councilmembers James Vanderbilt and Jose F. Moreno, and council gadfly Cynthia Ward for Mayor.