Santa Ana, California municipal elections, 2014

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The city of Santa Ana, California held nonpartisan elections for mayor and city council on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was August 8, 2014.[1]

Three council seats were on the ballot. Incumbents ran in all four races. These included Mayor Miguel Pulido, District 2 representative Michelle C. Martinez, District 4 representative David Benavidez and District 6 representative Sal Tinajero.

Public safety, homelessness and medical marijuana were some of the key issues shaping Santa Ana's 2014 election cycle.

Mayor

Candidate list

November 4 General election candidates:

Election results

Mayor of Santa Ana, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMiguel Pulido Incumbent 50.2% 16,608
Roman Reyna 34.6% 11,447
Mark Lopez 15.1% 5,000
Total Votes 33,055
Source: Orange County Elections - 2014 General Election Results

City council

Candidate list

Ward 2

November 4 General election candidates:

Ward 4

November 4 General election candidates:

Ward 6

November 4 General election candidates:

Election results

Santa Ana City Council, Ward 2, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle C. Martinez Incumbent 52% 16,483
Rene Gomez 11.3% 3,579
Gilad Salmon 18.4% 5,836
Mirna Valesquez 18.3% 5,786
Total Votes 31,684
Source: Orange County Elections - 2014 General Election Results
Santa Ana City Council, Ward 4, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Benavidez Incumbent 53.8% 16,776
Alex Padilla 46.2% 14,412
Total Votes 31,188
Source: Orange County Elections - 2014 General Election Results
Santa Ana City Council, Ward 6, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSal Tinajero Incumbent 63% 19,820
Miguel Gonzalez 37% 11,620
Total Votes 31,440
Source: Orange County Elections - 2014 General Election Results

Issues

Public safety

Crime was a central theme for Santa Ana's 2014 municipal candidates. Mayor Miguel Pulido argued that the city had seen dramatic decreases throughout his tenure and that Santa Ana was on the right track, saying, "Today we’re not worried about bullets falling from the sky." Pulido's opponents, on the other hand, have argued otherwise. Then-council member and mayoral candidate Roman Reyna, for example, said, "I think that just showcases how out of touch he is. I was in the neighborhood about three weeks ago and heard gunshots."[2]

Homelessness

A second major issue concerned the city's homelessness problem. Throughout 2014, the Santa Ana City Council discussed the possibility of building a homeless shelter in the southeast part of the city. Council and mayoral candidates were divided on the issue. Some noted that local residents living near the proposed shelter site had voiced concerns, while others, such as Ward 2 incumbent Michelle C. Martinez, argued that Santa Ana has carried too much of the homelessness burden in Orange County. At a candidate forum in September, she said, "The city of Santa Ana has taken on the burden of homelessness for over 30 years ... when is the rest of the communities in Orange County going to step up to the plate."[2]

Medical marijuana

Two proposals appeared on the November ballot in 2014 that aimed to restructure existing laws on medical marijuana in Santa Ana. These proposals were Measure BB and Measure CC. In light of these proposals, medical marijuana became a frequent topic of discussion amongst Santa Ana's 2014 municipal candidates.[3]

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