According to our sources, this morning Lucille Kring qualified as a candidate for mayor and Jose “Joe” Moreno as a candidate for city council.

Here’s the final list of candidates, along with their ballot titles:


Denis Fitzgerald — Retired Corporation Executive

Lorri Galloway – Abused Children Executive

Lucille Kring – Councilwoman/Attorney/Businesswoman

Tom Tait – Mayor of Anaheim



Donna Acevedo – Property Manager

Gail Eastman – Councilmember/Businesswoman/Author

Jose F. Moreno (1) – Professor, Trustee, Anaheim City School District

Jose Moreno (2) – County Eligibility Technician

Kris Murray – Anaheim Council Member

Jerry O’Keefe – Business Owner

Doug Pettibone – Anaheim Businessman/Attorney

James Vanderbilt – Educator/Army Captain

UPDATED: The City Clerk has posted the list online. 

These are in alphabetical order. The final ballot order will be determined after the randomized alphabet drawing is conducted on August 14 by the Secretary of State.

The public review period for candidate statements and ballot titles started on Saturday and continues through August 18. During this period:

“…any person may file a writ of mandate or an injunction to require any or all of the material in a Candidate’s Statement to be amended or deleted. For candidate names and Ballot Designations, a writ may also be filed only upon clear and convincing proof that the material in question is false, misleading, or inconsistent with requirements.”

It doesn’t appear to me that any of the candidates chose ballot titles that could be challenged, with the possible exception of Vanderbilt. Near as I can tell, Vanderbilt works for the California Department of Veterans Affairs as an “education administrator” for the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education. That doesn’t sound like a teaching position, and when voters see “educator” they think “teacher.” Furthermore, being a school board member doesn’t make one an “educator.” At best, it is a highly misleading ballot title.