Ending weeks of speculation, Senator Lou Correa has pulled papers to run for Mayor of Santa Ana. Earlier last month, City councilman Roman Renya entered the race, followed by Mayor Miguel Pulido. Rumours have been swirling in Santa Ana political circles the Pulido might retire after more tha 20 years as Mayor.
Pulido is currently under investigation by the District Attorney and the FPPC over a land swap with a city contractor and political donor which benefited Pulido to the tune of $197,000 and the contractor a $1.35-million no-bid contract to provide auto-parts to the city. The contract has since been canceled and put out for bid again after the questionalble came to light in a Voice of OC report.
Voice of OC reported yesterday:
Rumors are also flying that, with Correa’s move to pull papers, other candidates – such as Councilman Vincent Sarmiento and former Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez – could pull papers as soon as Monday afternoon.
Whatever is going to happen on Pulido’s side will need to occur by August 8, which is the filing deadline. Should Pulido choose not to run, additional candidates will have until August 13 to file their nominating petitions with the City Clerk.