When Nelida Yanez ran for the Santa Ana City Council in 2006, she enjoyed the support of Santa Ana Council Members Sal Tinajero and Claudia Alvarez. Yanez lost, with 34% of the vote, according to Smart Voter.
Now Nelida, and her husband Joe, have turned on their former allies and are supporting the mayoral campaign of Alfredo Amezcua, who is challenging incumbent Mayor Miguel Pulido.
The Yanez family is hosting a fundraiser for Amezcua on March 27, from 3-5 pm, at 1125 South Sullivan, in Santa Ana. See the graphic above for RSVP info.
To further convolute things, the supporters of the guy who beat Yanez in 2006, David Benavides, are now supporting Amezcua as well. These supporters include Thomas Gordon, who is also running for the Santa Ana City Council this year.
Joe confirmed in an email to me yesterday that he is supporting Gordon against Tinajero, even though the latter supported his wife’s campaign in 2006.
You can see in the graphic above that Nelida Yanez was endorsed by Alvarez and Tinajero.
Amezcua has a long history of working with Pulido. There are many residents who question whether he might end up being another Pulido.
When Pulido beat Michele Martinez in 2008, Amezcua showed up to his election night party in a limo, according to Gustavo Arellano of the O.C. Weekly.