The election results have shifted the political dynamics of the Westminster City Council as Kim Ho – a political ally of Councilman Tyler Diep – was elected.
Ho finished second behind Councilman Sergio Contreras, who was re-elected to a second term.
The two biggest cheerleaders for Measure SS, the 1-cent sales tax hike that passed convincingly, fared poorly themselves.
Councilwoman Diana Carey, a Democrat who was elected four years ago on a populist anti-405 toll lanes platform, finished a distant thrid and went down to defeat.
Voters slapped down Councilwoman Margie Rice’s attempt to unseat Mayor Tri Ta by a large margin:
This result puts a stake in a putative Rice Dynasty in Westminster. The councilwoman’s daughter Anita was running to join her mother as a member of the Midway City Sanitary District Board of Directors, but wound up finishing fourth out of five candidates. The word around the city is Councilwoman Rice was hoping to beat Tri Ta and thus create a vacancy on the council – to which she would try to appoint Anita Rice.