Both major candidates in Council District 2 in West Anaheim will have ample resources to communicate with voters in the November election, according to recently filed campaign reports covering the first six months of 2018.
Councilman James Vanderbilt, a Republican, put $149,025 of his own money into his campaign account. That’s a contribution, not a loan – signalling Vanderbilt is going to self-fund his re-election. Vanderbilt also self-funded his 2014 election campaign to the tune of $200,000; he did not accept any outside contributions.
Former Councilman Jordan Brandman, a Democrat, reported raising $120,285.40 – $84,539 in individual contribution and a $35,000 personal loan. Brandman has traditionally fund-raised from a broad spectrum of interests, and that pattern continues in this cycle: contributions are drawn from the business community, unions (predominantly the trades), political allies and local community activists.
Both candidates had lived in District 3 and are relative newcomers to District 2. When Vanderbilt was elected in the city’s last at-large election in 2014, he had lived in downtown Anaheim – in what is now District 3 – since the early 1990s. In December 2015, he announced he was moving to District 2; he lives in a small apartment building owned by his family.
Brandman was elected at-large in 2012 and ran for a second term in 2016 from District 3. He was narrowly defeated by now Councilman Jose F. Moreno. In January of this year, he moved into an apartment in District 2.
Supporters of by-district elections such as Moreno, Mayor Tom Tait and gadfly-turned-mayoral candidate Cynthia Ward assured voters it would result in “neighbors electing neighbors.” The fact that the Vanderbilt and Brandman moved to West Anaheim’s District 2 two-and-a-half years and six months ago, respectively, underscore the naivety of that talking point.
Today, the Brandman campaign announced his candidacy had garnered the endorsement of the Anaheim Police Association. The APA’s support has proven value with voters – plus the APA typically funds significant independent expenditure campaigns for its endorsed candidates.
There are 21,233 registered voters in District 2 – comprising %15.9 of the city’s electorate.
- 9,408 Democrats (44.3%)
- 5,661 Republicans (26.6%)
- 5,346 No Party Preference (25.1%)
There’s no run-off system in Anaheim city council elections: the top vote-getter in each district is elected to the council. For example, District 1 Councilmember Denise Barnes was elected with just 27.1% of the vote.