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?