Journal staff writers
If this is the year of anti-incumbent sentiment, you can’t tell it from most of the local races shaping up for the Nov. 2 election.
Except in the races for Westminster city council and mayor, there was a dearth of candidates for public offices in the Garden Grove, Stanton and Westminster areas as the deadline passed last Friday afternoon.
In Stanton, the election will be cancelled entirely since only the three incumbents – David Shawver, Brian Donahue and Ed Royce, Sr. – filed. The city council is expected to meet on Aug. 17 and officially cancel the balloting and appoint the three to their seats.
Garden Grove Mayor Bill Dalton will have a challenger, electrician Myke Cossota. Only three candidates have filed for two seats on the city council. In addition to incumbents Bruce Broadwater and Dina Nguyen, newcomer James T. Ybarra has also thrown his hat into the ring.
Former councilman Mark Rosen, who took out papers to run for city council, didn’t complete the process and thus dropped out.
Westminster Mayor Margie Rice will face two challengers, Al P. Krippner, a human resources director, and Bruce Tran, a businessman, for the top spot.
Seven candidates will be battling for two seats on the city council. Incumbents Tri Ta and Andy Quach will be joined on the ballot by Penny Loomer, former councilwoman and mayor Joy Neugebauer, business owner Khoa Do , business owner Al Hamade and retired claims investigator Ginger Waugh-Borden.
Also on the ballot in Westminster will be a measure asking voters to decide whether to repeal the city’s ban on the sale and use of “safe and sane” fireworks within city limits.
In the Garden Grove Unified School District, five candidates will be seeking two seats. Incumbent Bob Harden and Lan Nguyen will be challenged by Shaun Curtis, Bao Nguyen and Bob Tucker.
The Westminster School District election will see four candidates seeking three seats. Ronald Zell will be challenging incumbents David Bridgewaters, Mary Mangold and Andrew Nguyen.