With 2009’s last sands slipping away, it’s not too early to start thinking about the political season looming for 2010.
You can bet that politicians both experienced and potential are eyeing the electoral landscape for opportunities, contributions and obstacles.
It won’t be a presidential election year, so the turnout will likely be markedly down from 2008. We’ll have to see if that changes the outcomes.
In Garden Grove, the city council – as always – will have three seats up for grabs. Mayor Bill Dalton is expected to defend his two-year seat, first won in 2006.
Possible rivals? All speculation so far, but the name most commonly-heard is that of Bruce Broadwater, a former mayor and current councilman. But his seat is up for election in 2010, which means if he were to run for mayor and lose, he’d be off the council.
Andrew Do, elected in 2008, has also been mentioned as a possible mayoral candidate.
The other seat to be contested is that of Dina Nguyen.
Of the other possible candidates the names that top the list are those of Mark Rosen, a former councilman termed out in 2008 who is now eligible to run again, and Robin Marcario, who finished a close third in 2008.
In the Garden Grove Unified School District, two seats – held by Bob Harden and Lan Nguyen – are up for grabs in the November balloting. What might complicate the political situation in the GGUSD is the possibility of a bond issue election.
Perhaps the bond issue will be a popular measure to do much-needed repairs and updates to district schools and pass easily (the Journal is going to support it wholeheartedly); the other question is whether the “Tea Party” anti-tax movement of 2009 gets any traction next year in local elections and has an impact on anything that costs money.
An improving economy will likely dilute that, but if things go south voters may well feel poor and not want to incur any more costs.
In Stanton, three seats will be on the ballot. They are held by Ed Royce, Sr., Bill Shawver and Brian Donahue. Elections in Stanton are usually pretty sedate affairs; some are even cancelled because of a lack of candidates.
Three seats will be on the Westminster City Council. They are held by Margie Rice and council members Tri Ya and Andy Quach. In a previous race, Quach famously raised and spent over $150,000 to win the mayor post, yet lost.
Will we see a repeat of that cashfest, or has the tide of political cash crested with the coming of the recession?
We will be keeping an eye on all of this throughout the new year.
Switching from one kind of competition to another, we remarked in this space recently about how the prep football scene locally seems to have picked up in terms of fan support and attendance.
We’re not the only folks who have noticed. Last week The Orange County Register named fans of Garden Grove High School’s team as among the 10 best in Orange County.
When you consider that the Argonaut faithful are “competing” with fans from high-profile programs like Mater Dei and Edison – who have been national powers – it’s a special kind of recognition.
One final note: The Garden Grove Journal has moved its website to a new host and platform. Our web traffic has jumped and continues to rise, but if you’ve bookmarked the old site, you might still be getting directed to it.
To make sure you get the current version, type in ggjournal.com instead of clicking on the old bookmark. That would take you to the new version. Bookmark that, and you should be good to go.