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
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.