Anaheim City Council candidates Jordan Brandman and John Leos have picked up endorsements from the Orange County Labor Federation and Assembly member Jose Solorio. Both candidates have issued press statements touting the endorsements.
Brandman and Leos are an odd couple in receiving these endorsements. Brandman, a registered Democrat, has been aligned with the current Council majority which supported the $158 million giveaway of future bed tax revenues to the developers of luxury hotels in Anaheim’s Garden Walk district, while Leos, a Republican, has opposed those subsidies because they did not include community benefit, and project labor, agreements guaranteeing that construction jobs be given to local construction workers.
The duel endorsement of Brandman and Leos provides for a compromise between two factions within the organized labor community. Solorio’s endorsement follows that same path of compromise. Each faction gets something they want.
Both Leos and Brandman have a wide variety of endorsements from elected officials. Most notably, Brandman has the endorsement of Anaheim council members Gail Eastman and Kris Murray, and Leos has the endorsement of Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait.
There are two open council seats up for election this November. Council members Harry Sidhu and Lorri Galloway are termed out of their seats. There are nine candidates running for city council in this election.