Three more candidates entered the lists during the last week, hoping to be elected mayor or win a seat on the city council.
The other announced candidates are former Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Harry Sidhu (Republican) and OC Fair Board Director Ashleigh Aitken (Democrat). There are murmurings that former Councilmember Lorri Galloway (Democrat) is also considering a run, Galloway – along with Councilwoman Lucille Kring – challenged Mayor Tom Tait for re-election, and garnered 25% if the vote.
On August 7, Rodolfo Rudy Gaono filed his intention to run for city council from District 2 in West Anaheim; he’s the first councilmember to formally declare for that seat. 2018 marks the first time District 2 will elect a council representative. It is ostensibly represented by Councilman James Vanderbilt, who was elected at-large in 2014 and moved from District 3 to District 2 at the end of 2015. Vanderbilt is a military reservist, and the possibility he will be deployed has created some uncertainty over whether he will seek re-election. Gaona has run for multiple offices during the past several years, including city council, Congress and the Board of Supervisors. In 2016, the National Guard veteran changed his party registration from Democrat to Republican.
Also on August 7, former Planning Commissioner Grant Henninger also filed his intention to run for council from District 6, which encompasses Anaheim Hills. Henninger is smart and policy-wonkish. He is also a Democrat, which will be a liability in heavily-Republican District 6.
The only other announced District 6 candidate is Republican business owner Trevor O’Neil.