Anaheim Council candidate Mark Lopez’s Journey to District 5

Al Jabbar (left), Mark Lopez (right) at Jose Moreno 2016 Campaign Kick Off

Mark Anthony Lopez is a candidate for Anaheim City Council in District 5 and he’s running as a Republican.  Anaheim Blog reported on his candidacy with the following text:

“Lopez, a Republican, has worked as a board aide for the Fourth Supervisor District for several years, first with Supervisor Chris Norby and then staying on when (Shawn) Nelson was elected to the seat in 2010. He was promoted to deputy chief of staff from policy aide in 2013.

Lopez has lived in Anaheim for 15 years and serves on the Anaheim Sister City Commission, to which he was appointed by Mayor Pro Tem Lucille Kring.”

Lopez is 33 and is a brand new Republican after having been registered to vote in West Anaheim since 2003 as a Decline To State voter.  However, saving he’s been an Anaheim resident for 15 years isn’t accurate.  Lopez moved to Westminster and was registered to vote there on in January 2014 again as a Decline To State voter.  He changed his registration to Republican in January 2016 while still residing in Westminster.

Lopez moved back to Anaheim on E. Katella Ave on April 5, 2016 and re-registered as a Republican.  A week later, he filed his candidate’s statement to run for Anaheim City Council.

The districting process in Anaheim was all about neighbors electing neighbors, isn’t it?  Lopez is a District 5 resident for less than 30 days, to take advantage of being a Latino candidate in a Latino plurality district.  How many neighbors in District 5 know who he is?

Given the bad rep of carpetbagging levied on Anaheim council members Lorri Galloway and Harry Sidhu when both made a run for 4th District Board of Supervisors, when both moved into the district to represent a majority of residents that both of them represented on the Anaheim City Council, how will Lopez’s carpetbagging from Westminster into the 5th District a month ago play out?  A move back to his old neighborhood in West Anaheim would have made more sense.

Lopez attended the campaign Kick Off for Jose F. Moreno on Saturday, April 30.  Was he there to woo voters for his race or support from Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, who also attended the event?



  16 comments for “Anaheim Council candidate Mark Lopez’s Journey to District 5

  1. Dems for TRUMP
    May 3, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Thanks Greg Diamond and Jose Moreno for helping elect DONALD TRUMP.

    You can’t take your words or silly FB posts back.

    • May 3, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      Diamond is encouraging Republicans to register as Dems to cast ballots for Bernie Sanders and “you have until March 23 to do so.” Uh, that was six weeks ago. Now there’s astute political analysis!

      • junior
        May 4, 2016 at 6:23 am

        Diamond is an idiot. If a few Republicans are going to register as Dems – 90% of those would vote for HRC.

        • Dan Chmielewski
          May 4, 2016 at 7:03 am

          Well, Diamond writes on OJ in his post about the Indiana Primary: “(2) This is good news for California Republicans who can’t stand Trump. Now you have two viable choices among the two major parties: you can support John Kasich, who will now move to his natural position as a conservative, or you can re-register as No Party Preference and vote for Bernie Sanders against Hillary Clinton. Just got more tempting, didn’t it? You have until ***March 23*** to re-register.”

          The deadline is May 23.

          Paul Lucas chimes in with this comment:

          Paul Lucas

          Posted May 3, 2016 at 9:54 PM

          didn’t it? You have until March 23 to re-register.
          uh thats already passed

          Diamond replies at 1:57AM:

          Greg Diamond

          Posted May 4, 2016 at 1:57 AM

          Check your sources again, Paul.

          Paul did; he read Greg’s post on OJ. Someone send Diamond a calendar.

          • junior
            May 4, 2016 at 9:00 am

            Diamond is NEVER NEVER wrong – you should know that by now Dan ….

            • Pinky
              May 4, 2016 at 12:38 pm

              Diamond might try to bully you with his girth junior.

              • May 4, 2016 at 5:05 pm

                GIRTH BULLYING? You’ve never had a load of Dan C scowering down at you.

  2. junior
    May 3, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Speaking of “brand new Republicans” – 3 “brand new Republicans” are running against Lou Correa …

    • junior
      May 3, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      All former dems btw.

      • Commenting Gnome
        May 3, 2016 at 11:50 pm

        Actually 2, Rudy Gaona and Louis Contreras(funny how they dredged up someone with such a similar name to Lou Correa). The 3rd, Nancy Trinidad Marin is no party preference. And yes, all three former Dems.

  3. May 4, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Yeah I think he was there to woe voters. He made me feel quite woeful.

    • May 4, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      Typo. At least I’m not calling a wrong date for registering to vote

  4. May 4, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    That’s right, we were trying to remember what Gaona was running for this year since the council wouldn’t greenlight his district 2, Rudy never doesn’t run. That should be a song.

    Anyways, yeah, Dan and Matt, forever being cynical about district elections, like two lovebirds sitting in a tree. As always, WHAT HAPPENED TO PREVATT?

    • May 4, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      Vern, I thought you hated carpetbaggers. Especially Republican ones

      • May 4, 2016 at 8:21 pm

        Thanks for the info on Lopez. I will be looking at him critically, especially since there don’t seem to be any good candidates in District 5, and that’s where I live now.

        • Squirrel
          May 5, 2016 at 12:48 pm

          So where did you go on your honeymoon Nelson? Stanton? Fountain Valley?

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