Last Tuesday, OC Daily reported long-time Councilwoman Margie Rice was planning to challenge Mayor Tri Ta for re-election.
Rice has made it official, filing her Candidate Intention and Statement of Organization forms last week with the city clerk.
Like all directly-elected mayors in Orange County (with the exception of Anaheim), the mayoral term is two years. Rice previously served as mayor from 2000 through 2012, and prior to that was a Westminster council member from 1994 to 2000.
Looming over the council elections will be the 1-cent sales tax increase which the council voted 4-1 last week to place on the November ballot. Rice had pushed for the tax increase; Ta noted his opposition to it but agreed to place it on the ballot only after it was amended to include a 6-year sunset clause. Rice opposed sun-setting the tax increase but since Ta’s vote was necessary to place the tax hike on the ballot in any form, she reluctantly agreed to it.
As it turns out, Rice had filed her mayoral paperwork the day before.