Mitch Caldwell, a 56-year Anaheim resident, businessman, and neighborhood activist, today announced his candidacy for the Anaheim City Council in Council District 3. Commenting on the issues facing the neighborhoods of District 3, Caldwell described his motivation for running for City Council:
“I was 14 years old when my parents moved my family to Anaheim. I grew up in Anaheim, saved to buy a home here, and raised my family here. I’ve lived in this great city for 56 years, and I’ve always fought to make it a safe, nurturing home for my family and others. Unfortunately, the current City Council is content to grandstand and engage in divisive, petty politics while day-to-day government grinds to a halt. The residents of District 3 deserve a City Council Member who not only talks about making their lives better, but actually makes it happen.”
“We need a back-to-basics approach to government that focuses on results. Anaheim’s record levels of homelessness demand swift and compassionate action that improves public safety. We must fully staff our fire and police departments and provide our firefighters and police officers with the equipment, staffing, and specialized units they need to protect our residents. And most of all, the neighborhoods of District 3 deserve their fair share from City Hall. That can only happen if we have a council member focused on results. I commit to working in a cooperative and effective manner for all residents, and bringing a focus on neighborhood results back to the City Council.”
Caldwell is a former Chair of the City of Anaheim’s Planning Commission and served on the City Charter Review Committee. He was a founding board member of the Anaheim Historic Preservation Foundation and served on the Anaheim Historic Preservation Committee. Caldwell also chaired the Central City and Citron Neighborhood Councils, and was a founder of the Anaheim Neighborhood Association.
Caldwell’s announcement has been met with outpouring of bipartisan support from community leaders. He has been endorsed by Anaheim City Council Members Lucille Kring and Kris Murray; Anaheim Elementary School District Trustee D.R. Heywood; District 3 neighborhood leaders Lew Aguilar, Gail and Eric Anderson, Paul Anderson, Fernando Carlos, Jim Collison, Brad Daniels, Cathy Dutton, Michelle Lieberman, Kristi and Chris Maya, Elsa and Greg McCafferty, Jonathan Mabe, Michelle Mora, Keith and Judy Olesen, Jessica Parris, Meghan Shigo, Dinah Torgerson, and Maria and Angel Ureno; and local business leaders Bill Taormina and Bill O’Connell.
Editor’s Note: Caldwell is challenging incumbent Councilman Jose F. Moreno, who narrowly defeated former Councilman Jordan Brandman by 72 votes in 2016. During his 2016 campaign, Moreno supported repealing the city ordinance against camping in public parks and making Anaheim a “Sanctuary City.” Moreno is a left-wing political activist and a professor of Chicano Studies at California State University, Long Beach.