By Katrina Van Duzee/Garden Grove Journal
It’s almost time to line up at the polls and cast our votes. On Tuesday residents in the Garden Grove-Westminster area will be voting for city council members, school board members and whether fireworks should be legal.
In Garden Grove previous lieutenant for the Garden Grove Police Department, and mayor of six years, Bill Dalton, will run against electrician Myke Cossota.
Only three candidates will be listed on the ballot for the two available Garden Grove City Council seats. In addition to incumbents Bruce Broadwater and Dina Nguyen, business owner James T. Ybarra is the only newcomer fighting for a spot.
Westminster residents will have a more choices when they cast their ballots for city council. Presiding mayor of 10 years, 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 vacant seats on the Westminster City Council. Incumbents Tri Ta and Andy Quach will compete against former councilwoman Penny Loomer who ran and lost in 2008, former mayor Joy Neugebauer, business owner Khoa Do, business owner Al Hamade and retired claims investigator Ginger Waugh-Borden.
In Stanton there will be no election because there were no challengers to the three incumbents up for re-election Mayor Ed Royce, Sr., Bill Shawver and Brian Donahue.
Polls will open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday Nov. 2 and close at 8 p.m.
Also on the Westminster ballot will be a measure asking voters to decide if the city should repeal the 20-year ban on the use and sale of “safe and sane” fireworks within the city. If passed Westminster will join Garden Grove, Stanton and other Orange County cities that permit legal fireworks.
According to a voter registration report by produced by the California Secretary of State, Orange County has the third highest percentage of registered voters in California, with over 84 percent of eligible voters registered. This report was released on Sept. 3.
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.
On the national level the fight between Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) and Assemblyman Van Tran (R-Costa Mesa) for the 47th Congressional District is heating up with both candidates campaigning hard in the final weeks. Sanchez has held the seat for 14 years and is expected to have to fight for her spot in an election that is projected to favor Republican candidates.
The 47th is the only Congressional district in Orange County with more Democrats than Republicans. Of the 219,000 registered voters, 46 percent are Democrats and 31 percent Republican.