Dr. Kimberly Ho has posted a strong fundraising showing in her campaign for Westminster City Council. According to her most recent Form 460 covering January 1 through June 30.
During that period, Dr. Ho raised $49,120.05 from 81 donors and loaned her campaign $25,000 – bringing her fundraising total to $74,120.05. Her cash-on-hand was $72,775 as of June 30.
Dr. Ho is a businesswoman and CEO of Apogee Skin Care Products. Politically, she is a conservative Republican who is very involved in Westminster civic affairs, serving as a current member of the Westminster Traffic Commission and a former member of the city Planning Commission. She was also appointed last year to serve on the Westminster Financial Task Force convened to examine ways for the city to close its structural deficit.
That will be a dominant issue in this campaign, since a proposed 1-cent sales tax increase will be on the ballot. During the June 23 meeting at which the council voted 4-1 to place the sales tax hike on the ballot, Dr. Ho spoke out passionately in opposition to the tax increase.
Well-funded and energetic Vietnamese-American candidates have a strong record of success in Westminster, where 41% of registered are ethnic Vietnamese. Ho will be strongly positioned for the November election.
There are two council seats on the ballot, and two incumbents running for their first re-election: Diana Carey and Sergio Contreras. Both are Democrats and both voted to place the sales tax increase in the ballot. Carey has been an enthusiastic cheerleader for raising the sales tax and objected to Mayor Tri Ta’s sunset provision. Contreras was a more reluctant vote in favor of it.
Carey has raised approximately $5,500 – $2,000 of which came from the police union.
Westminster has 38,526 registered voters in 19,524 households. The partisan breakdown is:
- 38% Republican
- 31.9% Democrat
- 28.7% No Party Preference
As previously mentioned, the proposed sales tax increase will be the driving issue of the campaign. Business and taxpayer groups will be heavily engaged in an independent expenditure campaign to defeat it, and the public safety unions will spend heavily on a vote-yes-or-you’ll-die campaign in support of its passage.