UPDATED AT END OF POST.
Yesterday was the first day candidates could pull papers for the upcoming city council election (the nomination period closes at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 8. Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray was the first candidate to do so when she pulled papers yesterday to seek re-election to a second council term.
Based on who have formed committees or filed intention-to-run papers, here is the unofficial list of council candidates, thus far:
- Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray
- Councilwoman Gail Eastman
- James Vanderbilt
- Doug Pettibone
- Donna Acevedo
According to various sources, 73-year old retired Anaheim police officer Jerry O’Keefe also plans to run for council. I knew Jerry back in the early 1990s when I was a member of the Orange County chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, an Irish-Catholic fraternal organization; Jerry is very active in the AOH and the cause of Irish unity.
We shall keep you posted as the candidate roster develops.
UPDATED (10:33 a.m., 7/15): Doug Pettibone and Jerry O’Keefe have both pulled their nomination papers, bringing to three the number of candidates who have done so.
UPDATED (1:14 P.M., 7/15): the Anaheim City Clerk has posted an unofficial council/mayoral candidate list, which will be updated daily. It confirms the previous update.
UPDATED (10:22 A.M., 7/16): Councilwoman Gail Eastman has pulled her nomination papers. No surprise there. The inaugural member of the Tait Slate, Anaheim school board member James Vanderbilt, has yet to pull nomination papers, and some insiders have been speculating he won’t pull the trigger (which is not a view I share).