Sources tell TheLiberalOC that if Irvine Mayor Steven Choi makes it to the top two in the AD-68 primary that Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lalloway will launch a bid for mayor. We contacted Lalloway on social media and got a squishy non-denial denial. No confirmation from the Mayor Pro Tem himself.
Our sources point out:
- Lalloway won’t spend any energy on this until after the primary in 2016 if case Choi crashes and burns and settles for a re-election campaign.
- Lalloway has a safe seat; if he loses the mayoral race, he’s still on the council.
- Lalloway doesn’t need a big window to run for mayor or raise money, as developer IEs will augment his anemic fundraising track record.
- While Lalloway has won two elections to council, he’s never been on the top of the polls and barely held his seat in the last election.
Many would argue Lalloway is effectively mayor already and is largely responsible for driving the city to a far more conservative bent that doesn’t reflect the actual political leanings of Irvine coupled with Choi’s weak leadership on issues like the Veteran’s Cemetery and Memorial.