If there is one rule that Democrat candidates in Orange County must follow it is to buy campaign signs made at union print shops. Getting support from labor unions is a very big deal for Democrats in Orange County. So imagine the chagrin of local union members when they are discovering that Santa Ana Mayor Vicente Sarmiento is using campaign signs to promote his campaign for District 2 of the O.C. Board of Supervisors without the “union bug” seal of approval.
Sarmiento’s leading challenger from within the Democratic Party is Garden Grove City Council Member Kim Bernice Nguyen. Her campaign signs do have the union bug on them.
This is such a big deal that even Decline to State candidate Juan Villegas made sure his campaign signs were made at a union print shop!
This might be why so many of Orange County’s leading Democrats are NOT supporting Sarmiento for District 2. Instead they are jumping on to the Nguyen campaign including these elected officials:
- Nelida Mendoza, Santa Ana City Councilmember
- David Penaloza, Santa Ana City Councilmember
- Thai Viet Phan, Santa Ana City Councilmember
- Valerie Amezcua, Santa Ana Unified School Board Trustee
- Katie Porter, Congresswoman, 45th District
- Dave Min, State Senator, 37th District
- Sharon Quirk-Silva, Assemblywoman, 65th District
- Tiffany Ackley, Aliso Viejo City Councilmember
- Richard Hurt, Aliso Viejo City Councilmember
- Mark Lopez, Anaheim Elementary School Boardmember
- Andrea Marr, Costa Mesa City Councilmember
- Arlis Reynolds, Costa Mesa City Councilmember
- Glenn Grandis, Fountain Valley City Councilmember
- John O’Neill, Garden Grove City Councilmember
- Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen, Garden Grove Mayor Pro-Tem
- Dan Kalmick, Huntington Beach City Councilmember
- Natalie Moser, Huntington Beach City Councilmember
- Rhonda Bolton, Huntington Beach City Councilmember
- Farrah Khan, Irvine Mayor
- Tammy Kim, Irvine City Councilmember
- Ana Page, Orange Unified School Board Trustee
- Kris Erickson, Orange Unified School Board Vice President
- Letitia Clark, Tustin Mayor
Nguyen was also recently endorsed by State Senator Tom Umberg and Congressman Alan Lowenthal.
Note that THREE members of the Santa Ana City Council are NOT supporting Sarmiento. Instead these Council Members, which include David Penaloza, Thai Viet Phan and Nelida Mendoza, are all backing Nguyen. What does that tell you?
Sarmiento may have sealed his fate in this race when he veered very far to the left after becoming Santa Ana’s Mayor in a race where he only garnered 33% of the vote. Sarmiento has since resorted to calling police officers murderers and passing a flawed eviction and rent control measure that angered many residents of Santa Ana.
You can learn more about Nguyen at www.votekimnguyen.com.