Last week, Santa Ana councilmember Michele Martinez pre-announced on Facebook that she was formally announcing a campaign to run for AD-69 in the state assembly representing Santa Ana and much of Anaheim. We’re on the back of of that “week or so” promise she made to announce, and there’s still no formal announcement or one in sight. And sources tell us she’s working hard to garner support from other elected Democrats who are women to support her campaign efforts (and some of those she contacted tell us they are taking a wait-and-see approach to endorsements in this election cycle).
We heard from no fewer than five elected officials that OC Clerk Recorder Tom Daly is “thinking” about running for Assembly in this district as well. Of the two elected in the race, Daly brings much stronger experience and the ability to attract votes from the other side of the aisle due to his succesful run as Mayor of Anaheim and as Clerk/Recorder than Martinez does. Daly’s Anaheim base also votes in higher percentages. He thumped his opponent Hugh Nguyen by a lopsided margin in June 2010. One source told us last night, “Daly’s in,” but experience tells us it’s better to wait until he makes an announcement.
Perez has never held elective office, so in a three way race, do Perez and Martinez split the Latino vote? Do Daly and Perez split the Anaheim vote? We can’t wait for the first three way debate between these candidates. There’s also bound to be a Republican entering the fray. But there’s no question, this seat is going to a Democrat. Which Democrat remains to be seen.
Labor leader Julio Perez is the only announced candidate at the moment and we’re told he’s secured the camapign URL he wants. There are still a number of campaign URLs for Julio Perez, Tom Daly and Michele Martinez that are yet to be claimed and can be by a smart cybersquatter with some money to spare. The DPOC used to counsel new candidates that if they were even thinking about running, they need to lock up their URLs.
Michele Martinez’s last campaign website was www.michelemartinezblog.com and it’s been dark since June 10, 2011.
As of noon today, the following URLs were unclaimed on GoDaddy.com (for just $11.99 each)
Since Tony Bushala likely doesn’t care about this race and Art Pedroza hasn’t been hired to do “web services” for these candidates (yet), we think if the candidates are in fact serious about running for the state assembly, they should express that seriousness by acquiring the domain name voters might use to communicate with the campaign. At $12 a pop, it’s smart for the candidates to buy every domain associated with their names and redirect the URLs to their main site.
The failure to do so after announcing plansto run just strikes us as dumb.