By Their Endorsers Ye Shall Know Them: the AD-69 candidates


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AD-69  - El Pollo Local

Who wants chicken?

So as not to bury the lede: it was announced today by e-mail that Tom Daly IS running for AD-69. So where do we stand now?

With a 76.14% Latino population and 52.6% Latino voting-eligible population (a discrepancy that is a story in itself), the chicken-shaped Assembly District 69  is the most Latino state legislative district in California.   The field of potential winning candidates for what will sometimes be known here as “El Pollo Local” is now most likely set: Orange County Recorder Tom Daly is in.

I’m on record as endorsing Julio Pérez of Anaheim and the Orange County Labor Federation (from which he is on leave) in this race, but I have no animus towards Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez or Tom Daly (with whose father I am friendly here in the OC tundra north of the 91.)  So, today — the day when an e-mail has been circulated indicating Daly’s intention to run —  is a day to be (mostly) even-handed. Who is endorsing whom — and which list of endorsers, if you were running in El Pollo Local, would you prefer to have? (Note that Daly’s list is fresh out today, while the other two are a month or so old, so direct comparisons are tricky. But one goes with what one has.)

A few points of interest in the lists below:

First, I’m treating the presence of a name on a list as an “endorsement.”  Some “endorsers” (as I term them) may quibble with that.  This post will give them the chance to do so.

Second, I’ve boldface-italicized the names of two endorsers, Jose Solorio and John Hanna, simply because they are taking a step that at one time might have been confusing: endorsing two candidates. How do we interpret this, in a sure-to-be Democratic seat with three candidates running?   Well, in our brave new “top two primary” system — “it’s Abel Maldonado’s world, we just live in it” — endorsing two of the three candidates may be seen as non-endorsing the remaining one. So, apparently Jose Solorio is supporting the “not Julio Pérez” party in this race and John Hanna is with the “not Michele Martinez” party.   They will not be alone in those parties, before all this is done, and the “not Tom Daly” party will probably be well-represented as well.

Finally, aside from Solorio, I see four clearly Latino names (out of 40) on Daly’s list. Which would be worse: if he asked other Latinos but didn’t get their endorsements for this district — or if he didn’t even ask?  Are the leading Santa Ana Latinos in government really willing to support an Anaheim Anglo over a Labor Latino, in the event of a Daly-Pérez runoff?  That could shake up Santa Ana politics, if they did.

Here are the major candidates, in order of their announcements for office, from their respective “kick-off event” flyers:

Julio Pérez (Sept. 15 kick-off event):

[Note: Joe Dunn's endorsement of Perez was announced as this article was nearing publication.]

  • Joe Dunn (former Asm. and Senator, executive director of State Bar of Calif.) [Not in kick-off flyer]
  • Lorri Galloway (Ana. Council)
  • Sharon Quirk-Silva (Fullerton Council)
  • John Hanna (Rancho Santiago CC Dist.)
  • Lawrence Labrado (Rancho Santiago CC Dist.)
  • Michael Matsuda (North OC CC Dist.)
  • Sergio Contreras (Westminster School Bd.)
  • Jose Moreno (Anaheim City School Dist.)
  • Bao Nguyen (Garden Grove Unif. School Dist.)
  • John Palacio (Santa Ana Unif. School Dist.)
  • Adam Acosta
  • Valerie Amezcua
  • Nick Anas (OC Young Dems)
  • Jess Araujo
  • Marcos Cardenas
  • Jackie & Eudy Cordova
  • Amin David (Los Amigos)
  • Benny Diaz (LULAC)
  • Berny Enriquez
  • Tefere Gebre (labor)
  • Zeke Hernandez (LULAC)
  • Lauren Lee
  • Jeff LeTourneau
  • Art & Raquel Lomeli
  • Art Montez
  • Mai Nguyen
  • Melahat Rafiei (DPOC)
  • Eric Robles
  • Marti Schrank (DPOC)
  • Jennifer Siegert
  • Tim Steed (OC Young Dems)
  • Jose Vargas
  • AFSCME 36
  • IATSE 504
  • Laborers 652
  • Orange County Emplyees Association
  • Roofers 220
  • Sprinklerfitters 709
  • UNITE HERE 11
  • UFCW 324
  • Teamsters 396

Michele Martinez (Sept. 22 kick-off event)

  • Jose Solorio (State Assembly)
  • Diane Singer (Orange Unif. School Dist.)
  • Miguel Pulido (Mayor, Santa Ana)
  • David Benavides (Santa Ana Council)
  • Vincent Sarmiento (Santa Ana Council)
  • Sal Tinajero (Santa Ana Council)
  • Ken Nguyen (Santa Ana Govt)
  • Max Madrid (Santa Ana Govt)
  • Patrick Correa-Yrarrazaval (Santa Ana Govt)
  • Eric Alderete (Santa Ana Govt)
  • Sean Mill (Santa Ana Govt)
  • Mario Turner (Santa Ana Govt)
  • Monica Garcia (Santa Ana Govt)
  • Lynnette Verino (Santa Ana Govt)
  • Benjamin Mendoza
  • Ruben Smith

Tom Daly (Oct. 19 kick-off event)

  • Bill Lockyer (State Treasurer)
  • Jose Solorio (State Assembly)
  • Gail Eastman, Anaheim Council
  • Bruce Broadwater, (Garden Grove Council)
  • John Hanna (Rancho Santiago CC Dist)
  • Brian Conley (Rancho Santiago CC Dist)
  • Leonard Lahtinen (North OC CC Dist)
  • Donna Miller (North OC CC Dist)
  • Jordan Brandman (Anaheim Union HS Dist)
  • Jan Domene (Anaheim Union HS Dist)
  • Anna Piercy (Anaheim Union HS Dist)
  • James Vanderbilt (Anaheim Union Elem. Dist)
  • Tom Umberg, (Fmr. State Assembly)
  • Todd Ament
  • Frank Barbaro (Dem Party of OC Chair)
  • Dan Callahan
  • Cynthia Contreras
  • Lucy Dunn (OC Business Council)
  • John Erskine
  • Alden Esping
  • Linda Esping
  • Juan Carlos Flores
  • Mark Gaughan
  • Frank Garcia
  • Gary Hunt  (lobbyist for sale of the OC Fairgrounds to Facilities Management West – ed)
  • Dan Jacobson (Dem Foundation of OC Chair)
  • Charles Kim
  • Paul Kott
  • Mike Levin
  • Reuben Martinez
  • Carrie Nocella
  • Tom Phelps
  • Michael Ray
  • Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Geoffrey Stack
  • Bryan Starr
  • Steve Sullivan
  • Bill Taormina
  • George Urch
  • William C. Waggoner
  • John Withers

We can post additions to the above lists as more endorsements (or “endorsements”) are announced.  Or we may not — that could get pretty time-intensive over the next eight months.


About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney and General Counsel of CATER. His anti-corruption work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, leading them to work with the Democratic Party of Orange County Chair and other co-conspirators (who had long detested the internal oversight his presence provided) to remove him from the position of DPOC North Vice Chair of in violation of party rules and any semblance of due process. He also runs for office sometimes. Unless otherwise specifically stated, none of his writings prior to that lawless putsch ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. He tries to either suppress or openly acknowledge his partisan, issue, ideological, and "good government" biases in most of his writing here. If you have a question about any particular writing, just ask him about it and (unless you are an pseudonymous troll) he will probably answer you at painful length. He lives in Beautiful Bountiful Brea, but while he may brag about it he generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for candidates including Wendy Gabriella in AD-73; he doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. He does advise some campaigns informally and (except where noted) without compensation.