Jordan Brandman to announce a run for Anaheim City Council

Anaheim school board member Jordan Brandman will announce his candidacy for the Anaheim City Council at an event next week.  Brandman, one of the Democratic Party’s youngest and most successful elected officials, has already lined up considerable support for his candidacy.

Here’s the flyer for his event:


Brandman has, in a short time, established an effective track record for working across party lines to get things done. He already has the endorsements of former Anaheim Mayors Tom Daly and Curt Pringle, current Anaheim City Councilmembers Gail Eastman, Kris Murray and Harry Sidhu, Senator Lou Correa, Assemblyman Jose Solorio, the OCBC CEO Lucy Dunn and Fullerton City Council member Sharon Quirk-Silva among others.

In the last election cycle, there were several candidates who ran for city council — kids barely out of high school.  City Council elections are not campaigns for being president of the pep club at your local high school.  While I admire the political ambitions of these kids, I could never vote for one who hasn’t had a job that paid more than minimum wage or at least finished college.  But Brandman provides a blueprint for young candidates to follow about doing good work, building a strong network, and building a political resume that makes voters who have mortgages to pay confident that they can cast a vote for a young candidate who has invested the time and commitment needed to make a difference when in office. 

In addition to his position as president of the Anaheim School District’s Board of Trustees, Brandman’s background includes:

  • Director of External Affairs, Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department
  • Director of Education & Workforce Development and Deputy for Government Affairs-Orange County Business Council
  • Legislative Aide- Office of Assemblymember Tom Umberg
  • Deputy Campaign Manager- Tom Umberg for California State Assembly
  • Policy Analyst- Governor’s Office of the Secretary for Education, Secretary Kerry Mazzoni and Secretary Richard Riordan
  • Instructor for AVID Program, El Modena High School
  • Anaheim Public Utilities Board- Chairman
  • Anaheim Family YMCA- Board Member
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Anaheim- Board Member
  • Orange County Business Council
  • Orange County Taxpayers Association
  • Anaheim Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Anaheim Kiwanis Club
  • Anaheim Historical Society
  • Anaheim LULAC
  • Orange County Young Democrats

Brandman is a regular at a number of civic and community events.  He has built strong relationships across party lines, across neighborhoods, and crosses racial barriers. 

We look forward to learning more about Brandman’s positions on the issues after his formal candidacy announcement.



  18 comments for “Jordan Brandman to announce a run for Anaheim City Council

  1. zk2k
    November 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Another liberal puke.

  2. blue Dog in OC
    November 5, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Jordan has shown the ablity to work with everyone to get things done, he will be a great choice for Anaheim City Council

  3. ocmartiniman
    November 5, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Excuse the obvious question, what HAS he done? Seriously? Blue dog? Ither than hang out and apprentice under Curt Pringle, that bastion of democratic values?

  4. chinesedemocracy
    November 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    OCM- You forgot the color coding system in the Anaheim Union School District…

  5. November 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Overheard last night at Loretta’s & Jack’s reception, from a few smart OC Dems I won’t name: Jordan Brandman is an “insider,” running AS an “insider,” and it’s a terrible year for anyone in either party to run as an insider.

  6. November 7, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    He’s running for a different office and has built up a good network of people supporting his run.

  7. Cynthia Ward
    November 8, 2011 at 9:52 am

    The City Council seat is Jordan’s to lose. He has consistently proven himself as a bridge-builder, one of the few Dems that GOP candidates are permitted to endorse and still get a Central Committee endorsement. He is a good man, I am proud to know him, and he is going to kick butt in this election. The only debate in Anaheim is who will take the second seat.

  8. Randy
    November 8, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Wonder if he’ll tone down his anti-gay remarks?

    • Cynthia ward
      November 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm

      I have never heard a bigoted remark from Jordan, not once.

      • November 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm

        You’re off base Randy; Jordan isn’t a bigot in any way, shape or form.

  9. Randy
    November 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I wouldn’t say he’s a bigot but if you Google Jordan Brandman and gay it’s clear he opposes gay rights. And Cynthia, weren’t you the most vocal supporter of the gay-basher school board member Alexander Coronado? (And Brandman endorsed her as well.)

    • November 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm

      Randy – consider the source; posts on the Orange Juice blog that took Brandman’s comments out of context. The issue pertained to textbooks and school districts do not have a lot of choices when it comes to selection. It was a sour grapes post at best

  10. Randy
    November 9, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I hope you’re correct but to my knowledge Brandman has never said his comments were taken out of context. And he did endorse the Republican nut case Coronado.

  11. November 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Jordan isn’t going to explain himself to OJ. We discussed this issue. It pertained to the choices in textbooks the state provides to local school districts. Local districts cannot dictate if gay rights is included in curriculum and I understand that changes on a statewide level are occuring.

  12. November 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I remember that story – last year, right? And I called Jordan, at Misha’s insistence, and left a message – I wanted to straighten out the story if it wasn’t true. But Jordan never called me back, so I assumed there was truth to it or else he didn’t really care if people thought he was anti-gay.

    If someone told him not to talk to anyone from the Orange Juice, you obviously did him a great disservice. WEAK.

    And anyway, what’s the story with the Alexandra Coronado connection?

    • November 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      And did you, Dan, pass along Jordan’s explanations on this blog? I didn’t see it. And if you didn’t why not? The world should just be satisfied with his explanation if you are? Did he ASK you not to print his explanation? Does he find it politically ADVANTAGEOUS to be thought of as anti-gay in Anaheim? Many good questions arise…

      • Dan Chmielewski
        November 14, 2011 at 2:43 pm

        Vern — I don’t give candidate’s any advice. I believe we’ve addressed the textbook issue but it’s hard to criticize a local school board candidate for failing to make sure gay rights education is included in a textbook when the ones the state tells a district what choices they have; if you only have three choices, that’s it.

        I don’t think anyone thinks Jordan is an anti-gay candidate.

        Ask Jordan those questions yourself hotshot; I could ask why you keep deleting comments my friends write when you allow similar comments about others out there.

  13. Randy
    November 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    He not only endorsed Coronado, her Facebook page had a photo of the two with their arms around each other. Since I have seen been de-friended by Alex I don’t know if it’s still there.

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