New 4th District Supervisor Doug Chaffee has hired Al Jabbar, a leading Anaheim progressive activist, as his deputy chief of staff. The 4th Supervisor District includes all of the Anaheim flatlands.
Jabbar is member of the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) Governing Board. Under the leadership of Jabbar and fellow progressive activist Superintendent Michael Matsuda, the AUHSD has become increasingly politicized and a center of anti-charter school activism.
Jabbar is a close friend and political ally of District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno, serving as campaign manager for Moreno’s narrow 2016 victory of then-Councilman Jordan Brandman. In 2018, Brandman returned to the council as the representative of District 2.
Jabbar is currently a manager with the county Health Care Agency and is an active member of the Orange County Employees Association. He served for a time on the Board of Directors of the powerful county employees union.
He lost a campaign for the Anaheim Elementary School District Board of Education in 2012, finishing fourth in a field of five candidates. When a vacancy appeared on the AUSHD Governing Board in 2013, Jabbar secured the appointment to serve the remainder of the term. Running as an appointed incumbent in 2014, he won election in his own right, and was re-elected last year with the endorsement of Mayor Tom Tait.
An ardently left-wing Democrat, Jabbar lives in Anaheim’s council District 3, which is currently represented by Moreno. When Moreno is termed out in 20022, a number of Anaheim political observers expect Jabbar to run as Moreno’s anointed successor.