According to multiple sources over the last couple of weeks, Martin Lopez, an officer of the militant UNITE-HERE hotel workers union, has decided not to run for the Council District 4 seat. Although he never filed candidacy papers, The left-wing political activist had made it clear this spring that he planned to challenge Councilwoman Lucille Kring for the seat.
That leaves Rev. Arturo Ferreras, Joe Moreno and Robert Williams as the remaining challengers to Kring.
Ferraras, a Democrat, is a priest at St. Matthew’s Ecumenical Catholic Church in Orange who is active in various left-wing political causes in Orange County. He is a regular speaker at Anaheim City Council meetings when the UNITE-HERE/OCCORD/OCCCO confederation is mobilizing on an issue.
According to several sources, Rev. Ferreras claimed the support of Mayor Tom Tait when speaking at Los Amigos de Orange County earlier this month. That would round-out the 2016 version of the Tait Slate for city council:
District 1: Denise Barnes
District 3: Jose F. Moreno
District 4: Rev. Arturo Ferreras
District 5: Mark Lopez
The politics of Jose F. Moreno and Arturo Ferrera are squarely in line with those of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders (and probably a little to the left of him in some instances). If elected, they would easily be the most left-wing local elected officials in Orange County.