Election 2022: Anaheim’s mayoral candidates focus on way forward for metropolis


ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) — 4 candidates are vying to grow to be Anaheim’s subsequent mayor after a controversial yr that noticed the town’s former mayor resign amid an ongoing corruption investigation.

This is what it’s worthwhile to learn about every candidate.

Trevor O’Neil – Present mayor pro-tem

O’Neil represents Anaheim’s District 6 and was first elected in 2018. He goals to “carry transparency at metropolis corridor” and “restore the general public’s belief in native authorities.”

“I’ve a robust report of assist of our police departments, our hearth departments, my work to undertake enterprise pleasant insurance policies, to create jobs and develop the economic system and making certain taxpayer {dollars} get reinvested into Anaheim neighborhoods,” O’Neil stated.

He stated he is operating to proceed the work he is executed over the past 4 years.

“My work to maneuver Anaheim ahead is way from over and I ask the voters for the chance to complete the work I’ve began.”

Lorri Galloway – CEO of a company that shelters homeless and abused youngsters and their moms

Galloway has served two phrases on the Anaheim Metropolis Council and calls herself “probably the most skilled.”

“Nobody has the expertise that I’ve and now expertise issues particularly after this corruption,” she stated.

Galloway says one in all her foremost focuses can be on what she calls probably the most urgent situation affecting the town: homelessness.

“Reasonably than making all of it about inexpensive housing and housing points, we have to actually go to the basis causes of homelessness and do what the homeless folks want probably the most which is to assist them with sobriety,” Galloway stated.

Richard ‘Dick’ Lopez – Water programs operator

Lopez was born and raised in Anaheim who listed homelessness, crime, and clear water amongst his prime priorities.

“I am not operating for myself. I am operating to assist the town be higher,” he stated. “With what has gone on, somebody who loves the town must be operating it. Sadly, since we did have unhealthy management, it has trickled down all through the town. We have to repair the town itself.”

Lopez additionally believes Disney must be taxed extra.

“I feel for homelessness, now we have to start out with the children. Make it possible for people who find themselves homeless and have youngsters have someplace and the children are going to high school,” he stated.

Ashleigh Aitken – Former federal prosecutor and businesswoman

Aitken can also be a product of Anaheim who’s now elevating her three youngsters within the metropolis. Her focus is on rebuilding the town’s economic system.

“We have to guarantee that the following mayor is specializing in each constructing the resort and conference middle enterprise again to what it was earlier than the pandemic but in addition having a eager eye in changing plenty of the industries that now we have misplaced,” Aitken stated.

She stated her background in regulation will assist the town transfer away from the corruption scandal that engulfed the previous mayor.

“Now we have candidates which are very carefully tied to the identical particular pursuits that led to the downfall of our former mayor,” Aitken stated.

Failed sale of Angel stadium

The candidates mentioned the way forward for Angel stadium after a deal to promote the land collapsed earlier this yr.

Aitken stated, “We have to have a reset button and we have to have an unbiased appraisal and we have to have neighborhood involvement.”

Lopez stated, “That needs to be evaluated. We do must construct one thing there. It does have to incorporate low revenue housing.”

Galloway added, “We love the truth that the Anaheim Angels are in our city. We need to hold them there.”

O’Neil stated, “There’s nonetheless huge financial alternative in that 150 acres of car parking zone land that’s doing nothing for us.”

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