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Anaheim Buzz and the Anaheim Hills Community Council (AHCC) sponsored a mayoral and council candidates forum on October 9 at the Influence Center. The forum was recorded on video and the initial segments are being uploaded to the AHCC YouTube channel. Here are self-introductions by Mayor Tom Tait, Councilwoman Lucille Kring and former Councilwoman Lorri Galloway.

Mayor Tom Tait:


Councilwoman Lucille Kring:

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stephanie-stielerAnaheim Insider here.

According to, a member of Tom Tait’s re-election campaign staff has quit his campaign and endorsed rival mayoral candidate Lorri Galloway, who was termed off the City Council in 2012:

TheLiberalOC has learned that Pastor Stephanie Stieler, who served as a field operations manager for Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait’s re-election effort, has resigned from the Tait team and has joined the campaign for Lorri Galloway for Mayor.

Lorri Galloway sent us this statement this morning:

“She (Pastor Stieler) has offered her total support, but most of all her prayers for our success.  The reason that I share this is not to boast but to share a window into my world and the reality of our campaign’s purpose.  For me, politics have never been about power and influence, but it is what I know to be God’s will for my life of service. 

Before I ever announced my intention to run for Mayor of Anaheim, amazing people of faith have come to me, not by my asking, but by their own will and they have surrounded me and covered me as powerful prayer warriors.   They pray for my family, my home, my business – The Eli Home for Abused Children, and anything that may come under attack because of my calling. 

Along with my wonderful prayer warriors, people of all ages, color, nationality and belief, have joined with us in knowing that our great city of Anaheim, after 157 years, is on the cusp of change in many more ways than one.  Many people ask me how and why I have the will and energy to take on this battle.  The peace in my heart tells me that the battle is already won, and my most important task is to walk humbly with our God.”

Lorri Galloway

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Whatever happened at the Tait campaign to cause Pastor Stieler (who runs the First Light International Foundation in Anaheim) to jump ship must have been pretty significant, since less that two weeks before she at the council meeting publicly praising the Mayor and his chosen council candidates, Doug Pettibone and James Vanderbilt:

Galloway Calle

Lorri Galloway was interviewed on September 5 on Fox News LA by anchor Tony McEwing and OC Register editorialists Brian Calle and Joseph Perkins, as part of a series of “You Decide 2014” interviews with local candidates.

I found it well worth watching. Not so much because one learns anything new about Lorri Galloway, but because one gets a better sense of how the OC Register editorial page will approach the Anaheim’s municipal elections.

In 2012, the libertarian conservative newspaper’s endorsed Anaheim council candidate John Leos — the anti-paycheck protection union activist on whose behalf the Orange County Employees Association spent north of $600,000 in two cycles, but whom Mayor Tom Tait endorsed after dropping Steve Chavez Lodge a few months before election.  

If body language is any indication, it seems OC Register is pre-disposed to endorse a “yes” vote on Measure L – even though shifting Anaheim city council elections from an at-large to by-district basis will lead to kind of municipal government policies the OC Register editorial page opines against.

At the 4:27 mark in the video, McEwing brings up by-district elections, and framing of the issue in a way that is informed by the liberal premises that authentic representation is a function of race and ethnicity, and at-large elections disenfranchise Latino voters. Calle nods vigorously throughout McEwing’s framing of the issue :

“Let me bring up another issue that is huge in Anaheim, and it’s the way the city elections are held, the electoral process, it is probably one of the major issues, and you have the ACLU, which certainly believes that the way elections are held, the at-large elections as opposed to district elections, has resulted in an under-representation of particularly minorities, Latinos in particular. Are you in favor of district-wide elections as opposed to at-large elections, the way their held now.”

I hope the OC Register does not endorse Measure L. The editorial board’s traditional fealty to limited government is not served by a left-wing political initiative intended to breakdown limitations on the scope of Anaheim city government. The editorial page’s long-time support for color-blind government stands in opposition to Measure L, which is fueled by a belief in color-conscious government. 

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lorri galloway at rallyThe Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) voted Monday evening to endorse former Councilmember Lorri Galloway for Mayor of Anaheim. It would have been startling if the DPOC failed to do so since Galloway is a viable candidate, a Democrat in good standing and the only Democrat running for mayor.

Nonetheless, I am told that former DPOC Vice Chair Greg Diamond tried to derail the endorsement. Diamond is a vocal supporter of Mayor Tom Tait, a conservative Republican. At the same time, the DPOC endorsed Jose F. Moreno even though he has endorsed Tait over Galloway.

Dan Chmielewski has more over at the

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Lorri-Precinct-WalkingThis came over the transom from the Lorri Galloway for Mayor campaign earlier today: 

Lorri Galloway for Mayor Campaign Walk & Open House

August 2 @ 10:00 am2:00 pm

Join us for a morning rally and precinct walk! We need your help and support to get the word out about Lorri’s vision for Anaheim. Lorri Galloway’s path to victory starts here!


We’ll be walking in two shifts:

10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 12pm to 2 pm

To sign up/volunteer, please either fill out the form below or if you prefer call 714-858-0599 today.

See you there!

The Galloway for Mayor 2014 Campaign Team

lorri galloway at rally


Time for an update on who has pulled papers to run for mayor or city council.

On Friday (I think), Lorri Galloway pulled her nomination papers. The former councilwoman formed a committee and filed her intention to run last November, and has “Galloway for Mayor” yard signs popping up around Anaheim, so no surprise here.

That leaves Mayor Tom Tait as the only announced candidate who has not yet pulled nomination papers.

On the council side, it is still status quo. Incumbents Kris Murray and Gail Eastman have pulled papers, as have retired Anaheim policeman Jerry O’Keefe and attorney Doug Pettibone (a neighbor of the mayor’s and member of his council candidate slate). The other half of the Tait Slate, James Vanderbilt, has not yet pulled papers.

UPDATED (1:02 p.m. on July 22): Mayor Tom Tait has pulled his nomination papers.

No real surprise here, but Councilwoman Lucille Kring has pulled her nomination papers to run for mayor. She has a free ride since this is the middle if her first term.


Looks like she’s definitely running for mayor.

Neither of the other two candidates with active mayoral committees – Mayor Tom Tait and former Councilwoman Lorri Galloway – have pulled their nomination papers, but no one expects they won’t. There’s been persistent speculation that Galloway would switch to a council run, but the “Galloway for Mayor” signs popping up around Anaheim should put that to rest.

On the crazy front, William Denis Fitzgerald, the president and line member of Anaheim HOME, also pulled papers to run for mayor – as he did in 2010. I guess that means any candidate debates broadcast on cable will have to be delayed until after 10:00 pm due to Fitzgerald’s penchant for blue language and vulgarity.

IMG_8079The OC Register has published a round-up article on the three local ballot measure before Anaheim voters this Tuesday: Measures C, D and E.

Measure D would change the mayoral term from four year to two years; the global limit on eight consecutive years as mayor would remain unchanged.

The article quotes the three mayoral candidates views on Measure D:

Mayor Tom Tait:

“If a two-year term makes sense for the mayor, shouldn’t it also apply to council members who serve four-year terms? A four-year term allows time for a mayor to set goals and implement a vision. If a mayor were required to run every two years, a significant amount of time would be spent on running for re-election, rather than on the job of running the city. Due to the great expense of running for office in Anaheim, passing measure D would further empower special interests.”

Councilwoman Lucille Kring:

“If you have a mayor who is out of step with the will of the electorate, and people are upset about it, then it would make sense to have a two-year mayor. Four years can be a long time for some people, and sometimes the person holding the gavel is not a leader. If they’re doing a good job, then they will be elected. If not, then the people will have an opportunity to elect someone who will move the city forward.”

Former Councilwoman Lorri Galloway:

“The mayoral race is extremely expensive, because you’re running for the highest office in a large city, so people need to start raising money a year before the election. If a mayor’s term is only two years, then they will consistently spend their time raising funds rather than concentrating on their work for the people in this city. Plus, you can’t accomplish very much in two years, because there are projects and policies that could span an entire four years.”

The arguments advanced by Tait and Galloway are, in my opinion and with all due respect, flawed and don’t match up with reality.

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This came over the transom yesterday from the Lorri Galloway for Mayor campaign:

Lorri Galloway 60s fundraiser'

Like her or lump her, agree or disagree with her, Lorri Galloway is nothing if not an energetic candidate.

Next week, she is holding a “show up rally” for her mayoral campaign:

galloway 4-24 rally


The special guest speaker will be Jose Solorio, Rancho Santiago Community College District trustee and candidate for the 34th Senate District (which includes much of west Anaheim).


Lorri Galloway (r) and OC Democratic Party Chairman Henry Vandemeir

Lorri Galloway (r) and OC Democratic Party Chairman Henry Vandemeir

Dan Chmielewski from the attended the grand opening of Lorri Galloway’s mayoral campaign headquarters and posted this report:

I knew I was in trouble when I was 15 minutes late to the Lorri Galloway’s Mayoral headquarters launch party and I couldn’t find a place to park. Ten minutes after I arrived, I had to dodge about 50 people in the street who rocked out to an amazing band because the room inside the Old Anaheim Chamber of Commerce headquarters was wall to wall people and Galloway was chatting up everyone.

The energy and enthusiasm at the party was a reflection of Galloway’s candidacy.

You can read the rest of Dan’s post here.

Galloway for mayor logoThe OC Register reports that KFI-AM morning talk show host Bill Handel will headline the kick-off fundraiser for former Councilwoman Lorri Galloway’s mayoral campaign:

Bill Handel, a popular drive-time talk-show host on KFI-AM, has a best friend whose girlfriend grew up with mayoral candidate Lorri Galloway’s daughter.

Because of that connection, Handel will help boost Galloway’s campaign by appearing at a campaign fundraiser next week.

“I get involved in politics on a personal basis,” Handel said.

Galloway is a former Anaheim councilwoman who served for eight years. In the race for Anaheim mayor, she is expected to face incumbent Mayor Tom Tait and Councilwoman Lucille Kring and perhaps others. The campaign filing period has not opened for the November election.

Handel’s morning show consistently gets ratings that put it in the top three morning shows in Southern California.

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lorri galloway at rallyThis came over the transom earlier today from the Lorri Galloway for Mayor campaign:

Lorri Galloway Rally Day
Campaign Kickoff Fundraiser
Anaheim Mayor 2014

Join us for an exciting evening as the Anaheim community comes together to rally and show their support for Lorri Galloway as she kicks off her campaign to become the next Mayor of Anaheim.
Be sure to save the date, March 20th, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Stay tuned for more information on how to register for the event, as well as, the exciting reveal of where we will be hosting Lorri Galloway Rally Day.

In the meantime, be sure to follow Lorri Galloway on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +.

We look forward to seeing you on March 20th.

The Galloway for Mayor 2014 Campaign Team

Anaheim Insider here.’s Dan Chmielweski published a follow-up to his earlier post about Mayor Tom Tait’s engineering company taking hundreds of thousands in taxpayer subsidies to give  his employees computer training. Dan contrasts that with Tait’s vote in 2012 against $40,000 to fund a computer literacy program at the Ponderosa Library in a heavily Latino neighborhood:

Ponderosa computer classesLast week, we detailed how Tait & Associates received hundreds of thousands of dollars in state grants for employee computer training from 2004 to 2010. But when it came time to authorize $40,000 for computer training and education programs at the Ponderosa Library, a program designed to help Anaheim’s poor and working class families gain new skills for better jobs, Tait was the only member of the city council to vote no (slide to the 3:12 mark of the June 19, 2012 meeting and watch the vote). Democratic candidate for Mayor, Lorri Galloway, voted yes for this program.

Taxpayer funded computer training is OK for me but not for thee.

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Galloway for mayorThis came over the transom from the Lorri Galloway for Mayor campaign a little whole ago: is Live!

Lorri Galloway has officially launched her campaign to become the next mayor of Anaheim.

Visit the new today.
Get involved! Join together with Lorri Galloway and create a better way for Anaheim’s future.

On Lorri Galloway’s new site you will find:
• Lorri’s story displayed in a new, highly interactive way
• Residents sharing why they will be voting Galloway
• Lorri’s opinions on Anaheim’s key issues
• Ways to volunteer and donate to the campaign
• News and info about upcoming campaign events
Be sure to visit today.

We can’t do this without you!

The Lorri Galloway for Anaheim Mayor 2014 Campaign Team

Is it a coincidence this was sent out at the same time as the Anaheim State of the City luncheon, where the mayor presents his annual State of the City? Probably not.

Galloway filed her campaign report for 2013 on the 16th of this month. She loaned herself $7,000 and had spent $4,000 of it on “Cause Consulting Services” of San Diego (I Googled the firm and turned up na-da).

Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring has scheduled a kick-off fundraiser for her mayoral bid for Monday, December 9 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Diamond Club in Angel Stadium:

Kring mayoral fundraiser

Click here for the PDF of the fundraiser flyer.

Incumbent Mayor Tom Tait is seeking re-election to a second term, and former Councilwoman Lorri Galloway has also announced she will be a candidate for mayor.

Most of the host committee names are no surprise; for example, Mayor Pro Tem Gail Eastman, who was pushed from the OCTA Board of Directors by Tait without explanation. What is noteworthy is the name of conservative Republican Assemblyman Don Wagner.

One potential wrinkle: the Anaheim Charter Review Committee has recommended changed the mayoral term from four to two years. If approved by the City Council, this would be one of the charter amendments on the June 2014 ballot – and if the voters approve that change, then the mayoral candidate will be running for a two- rather than four-year term.

Councilwoman Lucille Kring officially filed her intention to run paperwork on November 19, the first official step in running for mayor of Anaheim, allowing her to move forward and raise money for that campaign. She made her announcement on November 13.

Lorri Galloway announced she was going to run for mayor in a Frank Mickadeit column that was published on Halloween – but unlike Kring, she has taken no official steps since then to move her campaign forward.

Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring

Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring

“We need a mayor who unites and does not divide us. I will be that mayor.”

That was the theme and cadence of Councilwoman Lucille Kring’s announcement speech for mayor, made at a kick-off event this morning in front of Angel Stadium and attended by approximately 50 supporters drawn from the grrassroots, the business community and public safety.

Kring’s speech was based on a riff of calling for Anaheim to have a mayor who would embrace certain policies and attitudes – neighborhood improvement, restoring civility to the council chamber so all feel welcome to speak, etc. – followed by the refrain, “I will be that mayor.” it was an effective speech.

Kring gave her speech from the dais on a riser under giant baseball hats, flanked by her husband Ron, Councilwoman Kris Murray, Anaheim Chamber of Commerce president Todd Ament, Tony Bruno (general manager of the Sheraton Park Anaheim, and representatives (I’m almost positive) of the Anaheim police and firefighter associations, who have endorsed Kring for mayor (the APA endorsed Tom Tait for mayor in 2010; I’m pretty sure the firefighters did, as well).

Todd Ament kicked off the event, introducing Councilwoman Kris Murray, who offered a very strong endorsement of Kring and along with some criticism of Mayor Tait. Murray introduced Kring, who launched into the aforementioned peroration, much of which is reproduced in the following press release from the Kring for Mayor campaign:

Joined by Anaheim’s finest including representatives of the 355 member Anaheim Police Association, 172 member Anaheim Fire Association, city council colleagues, residents, and business leaders, nine year Anaheim city councilwoman Lucille Kring today kicked off her campaign for Mayor.   The election will be held in a year on November 4, 2014.

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Kring for mayor logo

Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring will announce her entry in the mayoral race tomorrow. She’ll be challenging incumbent Mayor Tom Tait, who is seeking re-election to a second term. Former Councilwoman Lorri Galloway has also announced her candidacy for mayor.

Here’s the media advisory from the Kring for Mayor campaign:

Anaheim City Councilwoman Lucille Kring will be joined by community leaders, first responders, residents, and business leaders at a press conference tomorrow morning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The media is encouraged to attend.

Event: Lucille Kring for Mayor Press Conference
Date: Wednesday, November 13
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Stay tuned…

lorri galloway at rallyFormer councilmember and current mayoral aspirant Lorri Galloway sent this e-mail to her supporters:

Dear Friends and Family:

My campaign for Anaheim Mayor 2014 has been in the news lately. After a PBS story aired last night, I am heartsick because I have allowed negativity to be the focus, which is something that I abhor, and I have often been on the receiving end of it Truthfully, I am honored to be in a country where someone like me has the opportunity and freedom to run for such an office. My faith in God tells me that the blessing will be in the journey, not in the victory or defeat. I just sent this apology to the Mayor of Anaheim, Tom Tait.

Dear Tom:

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