Westminster Vice Mayor Tyler Diep’s decision to run for the 72nd Assembly District has created at least one open council seat in 2018. Long-time Councilmember Margie Rice is also up for re-election, although she’s made no announcement about her intentions. Westminster council candidates run citywide.
Westminster has 42,151 voters. 35.2 are Republican, 32.1% are Democrat and 28.4% have No Party Preference:
Powers has already lined up a slew of endorsements:
Westminster Police Officers Association
Westminster City Council Member Sergio Contreras
Westminster City Council Member Margie Rice
Westminster City Council Member Diana Carey (ret.)
Westminster School Board President Penny Loomer
Congressman Lou Correa
Garden Grove City Council Member Thu-Ha Nguyen
Garden Grove City Council Member Kim Nguyen
Garden Grove City Council Member Kris Beard
Garden Grove City Council Member John O’Neil
Garden Grove Unified School District Board Member Teri Rocco
Garden Grove Unified School District Board Member Walter Muneton
Powers was a supporter of Measure SS, the half-cent increase in the local sales tax that city leaders promised would be dedicated to public safety. Dubbed the “Westminster Police/9-1-1/Essential City Services Measure,” it was heavily-backed by city employee unions and pitched to voters as a choice of either voting “yes” or becoming a crime victim due to slow police response times. A deal was struck to keep the automobile dealers out of campaign, and Measure SS passed with 60% of the vote.
While Measure SS passed, support for a tax increase isn’t usually a winning issue with voters when it comes to individual candidates, and this could be an area of vulnerability for Power.
Power is holding his kick-off fundraiser on November 7: