Former Anaheim Councilmember Lorri Galloway has filed to run for Mayor this year, altering the landscape in what was shaping up as a two-person contest between Mayor Harry Sidhu and OC Fair Board member Ashleigh Aitken.
All three were on the ballot in the 2018 mayoral election, in which Sidhu narrowly edged Aitken.
“In the last 5 to 6 years, a polarizing shift has happened in how people perceive politics and politicians,”said Galloway. “It has broken apart friends and families to the point of not wanting to talk about it because people have become so passionate about one side versus the other side. We have to work our way back to find consensus because without it nothing gets done.”
“I have the experience and reputation for being able to listen and reach across the aisle and I believe that is the gateway towards effective leadership. The pandemic has changed the way that many of us think and live,” said Galloway. “Under my leadership city hall’s priorities would be to support “building back business” and to help them succeed and thrive so that working families can do the same.”
Galloway is a Democrat and was elected to two terms on the Anaheim City Council, serving from 2004 to 2012. During her tenure, she was an advocate for affordable housing policies such as inclusionary housing, but was also considered a pragmatist who could work with various parties to arrive at a compromise.
She based her 2018 campaign on calls for dampening the acrimony characterizing intra-council dynamics at the time, building a local economy that “benefits everyone,” “fair living wages and fair working conditions,” making it easier to open a business and supporting growth in the Resort to bring in new jobs.
Galloway was polling strongly until the OC Democratic Party, a coalition of Resort unions and the Orange County Employee Association – concerned she was eclipsing Aitken – targeted the former councilmember with a series of negative mailers.
Galloway, a 50-year Anaheim resident, demonstrated fundraising strength in 2018, raising $147,976.39.
As of the end of 2021, according to their most recent campaign reports, Sidhu’s campaign had $309,801.98 cash-on-hand, while Aitken had $184,280.46 cash-on-hand.
Galloway is the founder and Executive Director of the Eli Home for Abused Children, a non-profit that provides housing, counseling, and support services to homeless victims of child abuse and domestic violence.