Four independent sources tell TheLiberalOC that Dr. Jose Moreno will run for Anaheim City Council instead of re-election to his school board seat. We’re told a press conference will be scheduled for Friday morning, campaign photos will be shot Thursday, and one source says that Moreno will be a part of Mayor Tom Tait’s “Good Government” slate even though Tait will never endorse or support a Democrat.
We attempted to contact Moreno directly through a third party (at the time, we had two sources for the story); the third party told us Moreno would speak to me if we told him who our sources were. TheLiberalOC declined the offer, but noted that Moreno’s inquiry wasn’t a denial. Two other sources contacted us shortly thereafter with details on the Thursday photo shoot and the Friday announcement.
Moreno would join Donna Acevedo as one of two Latino Democrats as city council candidates. Acevedo was informed by the Registrar of Voters that she qualified for the November ballot.
Moreno, a long time Progressive but a short time Democrat, made a name for himself as a school board trustee and for leading the fight for district elections in Anaheim, claiming the city’s more than 50 percent Latino population was under-represented. While redistricting is on the ballot, only two Latinos announced for council.