Ashleigh Aitken

More Narrative-based VOC Reporting On Anaheim’s Council Elections

The Voice of OC’s narrative-based reporting on Anaheim elections continues with today’s article on campaign finance reports for the mayoral and council elections. “In the wake of an explosive FBI affidavit alleging deep corruption at city hall, the same interests called out by federal agents for influencing policy making are spending huge sums for the November election, heavily backing their ...

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Union Interests Pour Another $150,000 Into Electing Aitken, Jabbar and Leon To Council

Anaheim Resort union interests have dumped another $150,000 into their independent expenditure campaigns supporting Ashleigh Aitken for mayor and Al Jabbar and Carlos Leon for city council.  All three candidates are Democrats. The $150,000 came from UNITE-HERE Local 11, a militantly progressive union that primarily represents hotel workers. $100,000 went into an IE committee supporting Aitken and Leon, and the ...

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Resort Unions Pump $125,000 Into Electing Allies To Anaheim City Council

Resort unions are ratcheting up their effort to elect their political allies to the Anaheim City Council, pouring at least $125,000 into independent expenditure committees. On September 22, the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 324 contributed $125,000 to an IE committee called “Helping Working Families Get Ahead in Support of Aitken for Mayor and Leon for Council 2022, Sponsored ...

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Resort Unions Open Campaign To Elect Aitken, Jabbar and Leon

A coalition of Resort unions, led by a militantly left-wing hotel workers union focused on imposing a $25 minimum wage on Anaheim hotels and event venues, has launched an independent expenditure (IE) campaign to elect Anaheim mayoral candidate Ashleigh Aitken and council candidates Carlos Leon (District 2) and Al Jabbar (District 2). All three Democrats are part of a candidate ...

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O’Neil Strongly Positioned In Mayoral Race, According To Campaign Poll

The Anaheim mayoral race is more open – and Mayor Pro Tem Trevor O’Neil more strongly positioned – than prior convention wisdom assumed, according to polling results released by the O’Neil campaign. The poll was conducted on July 8-12 by Public Opinion Strategies, with a margin of error of +/- 4.9%. O’Neil’s opponents in the mayoral contest are OC Fair ...

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Galloway: Anaheim Shouldn’t Impose A Gate Tax Just Because It Can

Anaheim mayoral candidate Lorri Galloway has come out against Councilman Jose F. Moreno’s plan for a 2% gate tax on large entertainment, sports and recreation venues, which Moreno is asking the city council to place on the November 2022 ballot. “I am opposed to requiring a gate tax without a defined need to do so,” Galloway, a former two-term councilmember, ...

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Lorri Galloway Jumps Into Mayor’s Race

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, ...

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Mayor Sidhu Sets Re-Election Fundraising Record

Mayor Harry Sidhu’s campaign announced he has set a fundraising record for an Anaheim mayoral re-election campaign, reporting more than $325,000 raised and $310,000 cash-on-hand. Sidhu was elected mayor in 2018, edging out attorney Ashleigh Aitken, who outspent him by $60,000. An immigrant from India, he is the first person of color to serve as mayor of Anaheim. “I am ...

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Ashleigh Aitken Announces 2nd Run For Mayor

Attorney Ashleigh Aitken has announced her candidacy for mayor of Anaheim, setting up a re-match with Mayor Harry Sidhu, who defeated her in 2018. Aitken filed her initial paperwork yesterday. Aitken, a liberal Democrat and former federal prosecutor, is a member of the Orange County Fair Board, a post to which she was appointed in 2012 by Governor Jerry Brown. ...

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