UPDATED: Harry Sidhu Elected Mayor of Anaheim

Former Councilman Harry Sidhu’s quest to become the next mayor of Anaheim is on track to succeed.

Sidhu has held a significant lead over principal rival Ashleigh Aitken since the first results were released. With mire than half the precincts reporting, Sidhu now holds a 10-point lead. It’s safe to say he is Anaheim’s next mayor:

The race for mayor was free-spending and brutal. Anaheim voters were deluged with mail from the candidates and independent expenditure committees.

Sidhu started the campaign with a big name ID advantage over the unknown Aitken, and was able to match her in fundraising. A vigorous independent expenditure campaign was waged in support of his candidacy and against Aitken and Ward. Sidhu

At the same time, aggressive union IE campaigns were waged against Sidhu in order to push GOP voters to support gadfly Cynthia Ward. The government union mailers probably account for most of Ward’s 9.2%.

The stakes were big: the mayor’s office is a bully pulpit and progressive activists, Resort unions and the Democratic Party mounted a ferocious effort to elect Aitken and secure that office for the Left and leverage it to build progressive fortunes in central OC.  The Left has a pent-up demand for policy measures that would weaken the city’s economy and undermine the city fisc.

Sidhu was able to rally the traditional coalition of business, building trades and public safety – which has proven very hard to beat in a city-wide election.

UPDATED: Mayor-elect Harry Sidhu released this statement:

“I want to thank my family, my supporters, and, most importantly, the Anaheim community for taking the time to cast your vote for me and the vision we share together for Anaheim’s future. I am honored and thrilled to lead the charge in unifying our city once again. The residents of Anaheim know that it’s time to move past the divisiveness and get back to working with all residents, businesses, and workforce that make Anaheim what it is today. We must return to the understanding that we only succeed when we all succeed. For Anaheim to thrive, we must work together and that starts anew today.”

17 comments

  1. David Michael Klawe

    OK, as of the Midnight count, we have about half the expected ballots cast counted.

    I feel I can say that we will have Harry Sidhu for Mayor, Jordan Brandman, Lucille Kring, Stephen Faessel and Trevor O’Neil as a 5 person Majority, with Denise Barnes and Jose Moreno in the minority. Occasionally Jordan Brandman might join the minority, but that is still a 4-3 majority.

    Measures J and K will pass, which is a blow to UNITE HERE, though they didn’t campaign too hard against it.

    As for Measure L, here is the Midnight count

    Completed Precincts: 96 of 129

    Yes
    19,329
    49.4%

    No
    19,836
    50.6%

    But expect another 20 to 30 thousand more ballots to be counted, and no way will we know the outcome until Friday, maybe later.

    So my educated comments, YMMV.

    • David Michael Klawe

      From the ocvote website

      Important Facts About Election Results

      One of the questions we always hear is why do election results take time to produce? The answer is very simple – California law does not allow wireless transmission of election results from polling places. So what does this mean from a practical stand point? You must physically close down a polling place, drive the secure results to a drop off location, which is then driven under the guard of the Sheriff’s Department to our Santa Ana facility. Imagine if you drive from South Orange County to Santa Ana – take that time and add processing time to the equation and you have the answer – it’s a physical process, not electronic. Add to this the fact that we operate nearly 1,300 poll sites and it is a matter of the limitations of the movement of supplies.

      Despite this we are the fastest urban county in California to report our results and certify the final results. We have found ways to shorten the window of reporting once we have the physical results in hand. We have been recognized with national awards for our innovation and we are a leader in the field of elections. We understand the need to move quickly, without delay.

      So when thinking about election results realize that the bulk of election day results come in from 10:30 to midnight, when most of the polling places finish closing due to last minute voters. When comparing what has been reported you should look at total turnout, not just precinct reported data. Also know that we are generally done with our last unofficial report on Election Night by 1 a.m. while other counties will count until the following morning.

      Neal Kelley
      Orange County Registrar of Voters

    • David Michael Klawe

      What’s Left to Count

      Due to the heavy volume of ballots returned at polling places, estimates will continue and are subject to adjustments.

      Note: These figures are ONLY an estimate. Rough physical estimates are conducted on hundreds of thousands of ballots – making it just that, a non-precise judgment on quantities. Various factors will affect the number of ballots included in the final tally. These numbers are daily estimates and will not reflect precise machine counting.

      Total estimated number of ballots to count (after Election Day): 418,600

      Total estimated number of vote-by-mail ballots left to count: 55,800
      (Not placed in a ballot box)

      Total estimated number of vote-by-mail ballots returned at the polls left to count: 187,800 (Placed in a Ballot Box)

      Total estimated number of provisionals to count: 160000

      Total estimated number of election day paper ballots to count: 13200

      Total estimated number of Conditional Voter Registrations to count: 1,800

      These are County wide numbers, but gives a sense why any close race is too early to decide who won.

      Wednesday, November 7th – 5:00 p.m. first post Election Night unofficial results from additional vote-by-mail ballots.

      Updates will continue each weekday by 5:00 p.m. during the canvass period until the last official results are posted.

    • David Michael Klawe

      Total Registered Voters in Orange County
      1,558,988

      Ballos counted sp far

      Precinct Ballots Cast
      279,740

      Early Ballots Cast
      4,484

      Vote-by-Mail Ballots Cast
      366,447

      Total Ballots Cast
      650,671

      So we have approximately 418,000 more to count.

      CITY OF ANAHEIM Mayor

      Vote Count – Percentage

      HARRY SIDHU
      16,409
      36.0%

      ASHLEIGH AITKEN
      13,402
      29.4%

      LORRI GALLOWAY
      6,560
      14.4%

      CYNTHIA WARD
      4,280
      9.4%

      ROBERT WILLIAMS
      1,528
      3.4%

      H. FUJI SHIOURA
      1,493
      3.3%

      RUDY GAONA
      1,313
      2.9%

      TONY D. MARTIN
      612
      1.3%

      CITY OF ANAHEIM Member, City Council, District 2

      JORDAN BRANDMAN
      2,521
      40.3%

      JAMES DEREK VANDERBILT
      1,964
      31.4%

      DUANE ROBERTS
      1,315
      21.0%

      ROBERT TRIMBLE
      305
      4.9%

      DONALD BRUHNS
      150
      2.4%

      CITY OF ANAHEIM Member, City Council, District 3

      * JOSE F. MORENO
      2,748
      50.4%

      MITCH CALDWELL
      1,791
      32.9%

      ROBERT R. NELSON
      913
      16.7%

      * Indicates Incumbent Candidate, if any

      CITY OF ANAHEIM Member, City Council, District 6

      TREVOR O’NEIL
      6,752
      45.9%

      PATTY GABY
      5,178
      35.2%

      GRANT HENNINGER
      2,794
      19.0%

      Total votes counted in Anaheim based on the Mayor’s Race
      45,597

      J-City of Anaheim, Referendum Measure Agreement No. 2016-00001

      Yes
      23,998
      52.9%

      No
      21,333
      47.1%

      K-City of Anaheim, Referendum Measure Agreement No. 2016-00002

      Yes
      24,010
      53.0%

      No
      21,294
      47.0%

      L-City of Anaheim, Initiative Ordinance to Increase Minimum Wage

      Yes
      23,472
      50.5%

      No
      23,050
      49.5%

      So here we have 46,522 voted in Anaheim based on the highest of the three Anaheim Measures.

      So now we have to come with an approximate count of Anaheim’s ballots left to count.

      Take the 650,671 already counted, and add the 418,000 still to count, and we have a percentage of 39.1% left to count.

      So in Anaheim, there are about 18,190 ballots left to count, so as mentioned, way to early to call Measure L when there is only 422 votes difference between Yes and No.

      • David Michael Klawe

        About 14,000 ballots were counted on Wednesday, and only a few were from Anaheim. No change in any Anaheim Race.

  2. He lost in my precinct.

  3. Well, we may not have everything but the majority was the biggest PRIZE. Somehow we were not educated enough to vote Jose Moreno out and most of his ilk but we do have the majority so Jose Moreno can just sit there.

    I hope that every vote was correctly cast, a registered voter. I hope someone is seeing to that. For the life of me I can’t see how people voted for this terrible group, seems suspect.

    We have much work to do.

    • David Michael Klawe

      The Unions are powerful and spend a lot of time and money to influence elections, including telling their members who to vote for, same goes for our low information voters who are told by groups like OCCORD as to how to vote.

      Such is life.

  4. And all eyes will be watching everything this council does.
    I wish them not luck…. but brains and logic.

    Let’s see what they do about the homeless in the west side. And how fast they can get beach Blvd and westgatw started.

  5. So Cynthia Ward got Harry Sidhu elected by taking votes away from Ashleigh Aitken?!!! HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

  6. Harry oughtta send Vern Nelson a bottle of Patron for helping convince Cynthia Ward to run her vote splitting scam.

    Vern and company must HATE Ashleigh, to commission such a vocal/aggressive counter attack on a fellow Democrat.

  7. David Michael Klawe

    Harry Sidhu has a decent lead, but there are about 18,000 ballots left to count, and the second place candidate, Ashleigh Aitken has yet to concede.

    Harry is leading due to the fact he got the most votes. The turnout was extremely high, with moost registered voters casting a ballot in Anaheim.

    Now if you add the district races plus the fact Cynthia Ward is in 4th place, it seem like the citizens voted down Mayor Tait’s choices for candidates, and wanted to go in a different direction.

    Also since the dramatic increase in the Homeless issues happened while Mayor Tait and the current council were in charge, that was a significant matter.

    Money wasn’t an issue, as the Unions spent $1.9 million on the losing set of candidates (Dr. Moreno excluded), which was the biggest spender on the election.

    Also, let’s compare the top two vote getters.

    Harry Sidhu has a powerful story, an immigrant who came with basically nothing and worked his way up to become a successful business owner.

    He also had a political background, including serving on the Anaheim City Council.

    He also had a well designed platform that appealed to many.

    The backing of the Anaheim Police and Fire Personnel also was a positive.

    Ashleigh Aitken is a rich lawyer, who happens to be a non-person of color.

    She grew up rich and is working in her father’s firm.

    Her platform seemed to be more negative than Mr. Sidhu’s. Very progressive, far left positions

    She is a political newbie.

    Seems like the Democrats didn’t make the best choice, especially since they are trying to draw the newer residents of Anaheim, many of who are immigrants. Also in a historic conservative city, a more moderate Democrat probably would have done better.

    So all the Union/ACLU money couldn’t make people vote for her.

    Money can/does help, but based on many races this election, it didn’t get the results they wanted.

    From the LA Times yesterday…

    >>Disney contributed $2,000 to the campaign of Harry Sidhu, a businessman and former mayor pro tem who had a sizable lead in the race to replace Mayor Tom Tait, an ardent Disney critic who has to step down because of term limits.

    But Sidhu said the donations do not make him beholden to Disney.

    “I was elected by the voters, and no one else, because they knew I was the only candidate who could bring this city together, end the divisiveness and improve the quality of life for every resident,” he said. “The best way we can do that is to make sure we take the huge tax revenue generated from our Resort District and spend it in the neighborhoods.”<<

  8. mary Anne Zimolzak

    Just wanted to say Congratulations to all I didn’t believe it because the gas tax was not repealed when everybody and I mean everybody wanted to do away with it this whole thing was fixed believe me all law enforcement voted for Cox and every Republican why is he not Gov. like I said fixed – you would have to be an inbisal to pass the gas tax it effects everybody again congrats I voted for you

  9. Tom Tait throwing a tantrum, knowing he is the worst mayor ever and history will reflect that. Hopefully Harry Sidhu will find away to get this appointment changed. Forward together with Mayor Sidhu. #majorityrules

  10. fetile27- Roll your eyes all you want. I will keep mine on Moreno, Tait and Co. Roll away, I prefer leaders that lead/serve all people. I like to see deliverables or at least movement in the right direction.

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