Anaheim, California municipal elections, 2014

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The city of Anaheim, California held nonpartisan elections for mayor and city council on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was August 8, 2014.[1] Two of the four at-large city council seats were up for election.

Three incumbents ran for re-election. These included Mayor Tom Tait and council members Gail E. Eastman and Kris Murray.

Renegotiating a stadium lease with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and a proposal to switch city elections from at-large to district-based elections were two of the key issues that shaped Anaheim's 2014 election cycle.


Candidate list

November 4 General election candidates:

Election results

Mayor of Anaheim, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Tait Incumbent 53.4% 24,116
Lorri Galloway 20.4% 9,235
Lucille Kring 19.4% 8,757
Denis Fitzgerald 6.8% 3,090
Total Votes 45,198
Source: Orange County Elections - 2014 General Election Results

City council

Candidate list

November 4 General election candidates:

Note: Jerry O'Keefe and Doug Pettibone withdrew in late September due to family related issues.[2]

Election results

Anaheim City Council, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKris Murray Incumbent 20.7% 16,207
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Vanderbilt 19.8% 15,541
Gail E. Eastman Incumbent 19.6% 15,338
Donna Acevedo 4.1% 3,188
Jose F. Moreno 14.7% 11,521
Jose Moreno 3.8% 2,976
Jerry O'Keefe 8% 6,244
Doug Pettibone 9.3% 7,309
Total Votes 78,324
Source: Orange County Elections - 2014 General Election Results


The Angels

In late September 2014, it was announced that the professional baseball team, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, had decided to end negotiations with the city of Anaheim over the terms of its lease of Angels Stadium. Though talks had shown some signs of a deal being reached in early September, negotiations broke down later in the month over the specifics of a new agreement. Meanwhile, the nearby city of Tustin, California initiated discussions with the Angels concerning the possibility of relocating the team to Tustin.

The issue became critical in Anaheim's 2014 municipal elections, especially in the mayoral race. After negotiations ended in late September, city council member and mayoral candidate Lucille Kring said, "Mayor Tait seems bent on driving the Angels out in order to demolish the stadium and make a quick buck on more generic development. I wonder if the residents of Brooklyn are glad that they have high-density apartments instead of Ebbets Field and the Dodgers."[3] Tait responded to Kring's comments and those of others in an editorial published in the Orange County Register on October 1, 2014. In the editorial, Tait noted, "I am committed to continue negotiating with the Angels to attain a new framework that works for the taxpayers, the fans, the players and the owners. I am confident that we can craft such a deal."[4]

Measure L

Another key issue in Anaheim's 2014 elections was a ballot measure called Measure L. Measure L proposed that city council members be elected via district-based elections instead of at-large elections. Supporters of the proposal argued that it offers better representation of the city's diverse population and neighborhoods. Opponents, on the other hand, argued that the proposal threatened to create divisions within the city.[5][6]

Measure L was approved in the general election on November 4, 2014.

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