The political races are off and running in the Garden Grove-Stanton-Westminster area and already more than 20 hats have been tossed into the proverbial ring.
Monday was the first day to take out nomination papers to run for local seats on city councils and school boards, and as of Tuesday afternoon, candidates were already in motion toward seeking office in the Nov. 6 election.
According to the city clerk’s office, in Garden Grove one candidate for the mayor’s post have taken out papers, former mayor and current city council member Bruce Broadwater.
For two spots on the city council, the first potential candidates are Josh McIntosh, Chris Phan, Phat Bui and James Ybarra.
In Stanton, two incumbents – Carol Warren and Al Ethans – have begun the nomination process, reported the city clerk’s office. Also taking our papers was Sou Moua.
Westminster’s political lineup starts with incumbent councilman Tri Ta running for mayor, along with challengers Al Krippner, Al Hamade, Tamara Pennington and Ha Mach.
Seeking posts on the council are incumbent Tyler Diep and challengers Helena Rutkowski, Diana Carey, Mach and Krippner.
For the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education, incumbents Bao Quoc Nguyen and George West took out papers, according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters office. No information was available for the Westminster School District.
In all races, the deadline to return completed nomination papers is Aug. 10 at 5 p.m.
If an incumbent doesn’t run in a given race, the nomination period is extended to Aug. 15.