TheLiberalOC has learned that Anaheim city council member Jordan Brandman is running for Congress in CD-46, the seat held by Loretta Sanchez. Brandman joins former State Senator Lou Correa as the only other declared candidate in the race.
From his announcement, Brandman said,”I’m running for Congress to fight for working families, help our local businesses create jobs, defend Social Security and Medicare, protect our environment, ensure every child has access to a 21st century education and to stand up to the special interests who are polarizing our nation’s capital. It is imperative that Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez’s successor follow her example of commonsense leadership and forceful advocacy for our neighborhoods and schools. I am that person.”
Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen is said to be considering a run for the seat and Irvine Council member Lynn Schott has a campaign committee but has not yet announced. It’s believed Nguyen resides outside of the district so both he and Schott, the only Republican, would be running as carpetbaggers.
Brandman is the only Democrat on the Anaheim City Council and garnered the highest number of votes in the 2012 race, including the most votes for a council candidate in Anaheim’s most Latino district. His family has a long history of campaigning for Democratic candidates even in the days when Orange County was a truly Red County.
Using the 2012 AD-69 primary election as a guide, Brandman figures to make the top two. senator Correa and Mayor Nguyen would duel for the Vietnamese vote in Santa Ana. Correa would hope to have Latino voters in Santa Ana come out strong (they didn’t in 2012). Schott would take the hard core Republican vote while Brandman would be strongest in the high voter districts in Anaheim and Orange that skew more moderately.
Here’s Brandman’s announcement.
And here is his list of endorsements so far:
Sharon Quirk-Silva, Assembly Member, 65th District (ret.)
Art Brown, Mayor, City of Buena Park
Valerie Amezcua, Trustee, Santa Ana Unified School District
Chris Brown, Trustee, Savanna School District
Steve Harris, Trustee, Centralia School District
David Robert “D.R.” Heywood, Trustee, Anaheim City School District
Leonard Lahtinen, Trustee, North Orange County Community College District
Donna Miller, Trustee, North Orange County Community College District (ret.)
Kathy Moffat, Trustee, Orange Unified School District
Anna Piercy, Trustee, Anaheim Union High School District
Lorraine Prinsky, Trustee, Coast Community College District
Barbara Quintana, Trustee, Magnolia School District
Connor Traut, Trustee, Centralia School District
Jim Adams, Commission, Anaheim Parks and Recreation Commission
Gail Anderson, Commissioner, Anaheim Housing and Community Development Commission
Eric Anderson, Commissioner, Anaheim Parks and Recreation Commission
Linda Barnett, Board Member, Anaheim Community Services Board
Steve Brio, Board Member, Anaheim Community Services Board
Carolyn Bryant, Board Member, Anaheim Community Center Authority Board
Lon Cahill, Board Member, Anaheim Public Utilities Board
Mitchell Caldwell, Commissioner, Anaheim Planning Commission
Belal “Bill” Dalati, Commissioner, Anaheim Planning Commission
Stephen Faessel, Chair, Anaheim Budget, Investment and Technology Commission
Susan Faessel, Board Member, Anaheim Public Utilities Board
Craig Farrow, Commissioner, Anaheim Parks and Recreation Commission
Lori Farrow, Commissioner, Anaheim Sister City Commission
Daniel Fierro, Commissioner, Anaheim Budget, Investment and Technology Commission
Mary Ann Gaido, Commissioner, Irvine Planning Commission
Phyllis Greenberg, Commission, Anaheim Housing and Community Development Commission
Grant Henninger, Commissioner, Anaheim Planning Commission
Michelle Lieberman, Commissioner, Anaheim Planning Commission
Michelle Majewski, Board Member, Anaheim Library Board
Claudia Perez Figueroa, Commissioner, Anaheim Housing and Community Development Commission
Kenneth Shimogawa, Board Member, Anaheim Library Board
Teresa Moran Shimogawa, Board Member, Anaheim Community Services Board
Frank Barbaro, Chair Emeritus, Democratic Party of Orange County
A quick trip to Lou Correa’s website doesn’t show any endorsements so far.