Could Jim Walker become Santa Ana’s next Mayor?
When Santa Ana community activist Jim Walker ran against Santa Ana Councilman Vince Sarmiento, in 2008, he did so with very little money. But Walker ended up with over 37% of the vote, according to Smart Voter.
In 2006, Thomas Gordon ran against Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, with zero money, and he got over 24% of the vote, according to Smart Voter.
Now Pulido is being challenged by Al Amezcua, a local lawyer who has had some electoral success, as a past member of the Rancho Santiago Community College District’s Board of Trustees. Both of these men are well known and can raise money. But will they split the Latino vote and allow a non-Latino to become the next Mayor of Santa Ana?
In 2008, the Latino vote split scenario almost happened when Pulido was challenged by Councilwoman Michele Martinez. Pulido won with only 55% of the vote. Martinez got over 29% of the vote. Community activist George Collins got almost 8,000 votes and ended up with just under 14% of the vote. Continue reading