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.
The Lucille Kring events are loaded with Anaheim’s political establishment and Tom Tait’s fundraisers, usually attended by his family and staff, are smaller affairs. The difference in Galloway’s event was a sea of Anaheim residents — young people, older residents, many Latino families. It was a terrific event that had significant energy and lots of smiles. Kring is going to be the beneficiary of big money and Tait has a personal fortune. Galloway is rich in people who live in Anaheim who know her and have been helped by her. Being the only Democrat in the race should also play to her advantage.
Galloway is aiming to be Anaheim’s next Democratic mayor and the first woman mayor in the city’s history. Many of those attending the party had stories of how Galloway personally helped them either through her role as an Anaheim council member or through the Eli Home, Galloway’s charity that aides abused children and families. I had to leave well before the party ended but had to dodge more people streaming into the event and noticed the telltale signs of cars driving around the block looking for parking. I estimated the crowd at between 150 to 200 people.