Well here’s one that not many people expected. Community organizer Robin Marcario has managed to pull off a surprising victory in the race for Garden Grove City Council. Robin was outspent by Steve Jones, Andrew Do, Linh Ho and Trung Nguyen to place second in the contest behind Incumbent Steve Jones.
The smart money in this race seemed to be on Andrew Do, Janet Nguyen’s Chief of Staff, and Trung Nguyen, current Garden Grove Unified School District Trustee Trung Nguyen, who is backed by Assemblyman Van Tran. Linh Ho, was backed by labor groups and the Democratic Party of Orange County and was expected to rank either third or fourth place along with Jones.
The key to Marcario’s victory was walking every precinct in the city. Not having enought money to flood mailboxes didn’t seem to hurt her campaign at all. She let Nguyen and Do slug things out with hit piece after hit piece. Steve Jones and Linh Ho ran generally positive campaigns in the mail.
For me, Paul Lucas finishing either 6th or 7th is just icing on the cake.
Congratulations to Robin Marcario and her campaign manager Misha Houser.