Former Anaheim Councilwoman Lorri Galloway announced her candidacy for Anaheim Mayor today, promising to focus on affordable housing, homelessness, crime and growing the Anaheim Resort. She joins a growing field of credible candidates competing for the voters’ nod in 2018.
Standing on the steps of Anaheim City Hall and interspersing her speech with Spanish, Galloway said “I believe in Anaheim, and I believe we can do better. Creo en Anaheim!”
She said that during her eight years on the Anaheim City Council she succeeded in bringing “clear and tangible benefits to our local residents” including the Anaheim Affordable Housing Strategic Plan that “brought thousands of new affordable housing units to our city.”
Galloway also pointed to her role in founding the Orange County Family Justice Center as “creating a new model” for how “law enforcement works together with social service agencies to better serve victims of family crime and violence.”
Alluding to incumbent Mayor Tom Tait’s acrimonious political isolation for most of the past seven years, Galloway talked up her ability to work with people of divergent views.
“I realize that a successful mayor cannot operate in a silo,” Galloway said. “I know how to reach out to my council colleagues to create relationships based on mutual respect, reach across the aisle and build consensus to get things done.”
She called for “building an economy in Anaheim to benefits everyone” and for “fair living wages and fair working conditions.” She said it “should be easier to open a business in our city, and in fact we should have a sign in front of City Hall saying ‘We Are Open for Business.”
Galloway said the city should offer “micro-loans to new start-ups that spark the economy and bring in new jobs.”
She diverged from the increasingly strident Resort rhetoric of fellow Democrat mayoral candidate Ashleigh Aitken, saying “Let’s support the growth of the Resort Area because that brings in thousands of new jobs for our hard-working residents.”
Calling for “realistic solutions to house the homeless,” Galloway promised one her “top priorities” will be moving the homeless into shelters “or other facilities” and “cleaning up the encampments so we can return our riverbed and our parks back to our communities.”
“I have plan that will create a funding stream to a public-private partnership to increase the stock of affordable housing here in Anaheim so our hard-working families aren’t pushed into homelessness,” said the former councilwoman, although she didn’t provide specifics.
Galloway spoke of her “track record working directly with developers to incentivize affordable housing developments” and pushing to streamline permitting and processing for such developments.
Crime and homelessness are at the top of voter concerns, and Galloway said “No one should have to live in fear by simply walking through their neighborhood because of gang violence” and vowed to be “tough on gangs” while out-reaching to at-risk youth “before it’s too late.” She said the city needs to give the police the tools and resources to do their job while “diverting our young folks into positive alternatives” and “specialized training.”
Galloway closed by pledging to be a “voice for all of Anaheim.”
She joins what has become the most crowded field of credible mayoral canididates for an open seat since 2002, when former Assembly Speaker Curt Pringle defeated Councilmembers Lucille Kring and Frank Feldhaus and La Habra Police Chief Steve Staveley.
Also running for mayor next year are former Anaheim Councilman and Republican businessman Harry Sidhu; Anaheim Hills attorney and OC Fair Board member Ashleigh Aitken, a former city commissioner and daughter of Democratic powerhouse Wylie Aitken; and GOP small businessman and Anaheim Boys and Girls Club Executive Director John Machiaverna.