Sat. Oct 1st, 2022

Claudia Alvarez in action

I am hearing from several sources that Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido is quite serious about defending himself as he is investigated for various issues stemming from campaign finances and real estate shenanigans.  He is telling friends that his priority is his legal defense – so what if he ends up retiring from politics and not running again in November?  Who will run?



First term Santa Ana Councilman Roman Reyna is in but no one is taking him very seriously.  If Pulido pulls out you can expect much bigger names to jump in.

I am told that former Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez, an Assistant Orange County District Attorney who currently serves on the Rancho Santiago Community College District’s Board of Trustees, is already planning to run.

What about State Senator Lou Correa, who is termed out this year and is not running yet for any other office?  He lives in Santa Ana.  He could run for Mayor and then get back onto the Orange County Board of Supervisors when Janet Nguyen terms out in two years.

If enough Latinos run perhaps a few non-Latinos might run such as former Santa Ana Councilman Brett Franklin.  He would win with a Latino vote split.

What about our Vietnamese community? Would Santa Ana Parks and Rec Commissioner Ken Nguyen jump in?

This could be the hottest race in Orange County come this November…

By Editor

Art Pedroza started Orange County's first political blog, the Orange Juice, back in 2003. He now publishes the top civic blog in Orange County - New Santa Ana, plus other blogs including New Anaheim, New Fullerton and the Irvine News Blog, as well as the OC Politics Blog.

2 thoughts on “Who will run for Santa Ana Mayor if Pulido opts to retire in November?”
  1. This is what the hags over at the VOC have been arguing about for a year:

    What qualified person could step in: My money is on Vince Sariemento. The others are damaged goods, Michele with her own legal problems, no job and general bad demeanor. P. Benavides has proved himself to be Carlos Bustamante light with his shattered marriage and young chica’s hanging on.

    But, the million dollar question is will Amezcua gather up some of La Eme’s drug cash and make a run for a spot as the ultimate SHOT CALLER.

    As for Miguel, once cleared, he has a standing offer with Jerry Brown for a cabinet post. He is also going to have a friend in the white house when Hillary wins.

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