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Tom Tait
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Mayor of Anaheim
In office
Term ends
Years in position 5
Base salary$122,400/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Anaheim City Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wyoming
Office website
Campaign website
Tom Tait is the current Mayor of Anaheim, California. He was first elected in November 2010. Before becoming mayor, Tait was a member of the Anaheim City Council from 1995-2004.[1][2]


Tait holds a B.S. from the University of Wyoming and an M.A. in Business Administration and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University. His professional experience includes being a member of the California State Bar and serving as President of Tait & Associates, Inc. and Tait Environmental Services.[2]


Below is a brief outline of Tait's political career.

  • 2010-Present: Mayor of Anaheim
  • 1995-2004: Anaheim City Council


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Tait highlighted the following issues:[3]

Public safety

  • Excerpt: "Local government’s first duty is to provide for the safety of its citizens in their homes, in their neighborhoods and on their streets. That means keeping criminals off the street and in jail, and graffiti out of our neighborhoods."

Business and Economy

  • Excerpt: "As a business owner and Mayor of Anaheim, I know from first-hand experience that government doesn’t create economic growth, but it can stifle it. Opportunity, prosperity and inventiveness spring from the creativity and hard work of individual Americans, and I want to make Anaheim the most jobs-friendly city in the state – a place where men and women can work hard, start a business and create jobs. Government can help by reducing taxes and regulations and generally getting out of the way."

Eminent domain

  • Excerpt: "We all acknowledge there are times when government, for a specific public purpose, must use eminent domain to acquire private property for public purposes – and provide the property owner with just compensation. The Founding Fathers understood this, and enshrined the principle of eminent domain in the U.S. Constitution."

Parks and recreation

  • Excerpt: "Parks and the recreation opportunities they afford are integral to a city’s sense of community. They are the places where families gather to play and picnic, and where our vital civic and community groups gather and hold events. We must continually search for ways to expand our parkland, while looking for opportunities and economies that allow us to offer residents maximum recreational opportunities within budget realities."

Liberty and government

  • Excerpt: "Government is the servant of the people. Local government best serves us and secures our liberties when it focuses on its core purposes: ensuring public safety, building and maintaining good streets and roads, keeping taxes and business regulation low, and being a prudent, responsible steward of the budget."


  • Excerpt: "Problems with government often begin when elected leaders and bureaucrats forget they are spending other people’s money. I never forgot that central fact while serving as your Councilman or as your Mayor. Government has to live within its means. Anaheim residents don’t have the luxury of taxing their neighbors when their finances tighten up. They prioritize their budgets and do without things that aren’t necessities. Government should be no different. As Mayor, I focus on our budget priorities on the city’s fundamental duties."



See also: Anaheim, California municipal elections, 2014

The city of Anaheim, California held elections for mayor on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was August 8, 2014.[4] Incumbent Tom Tait defeated Denis Fitzgerald, former Anaheim city council member Lorri Galloway and current council member Lucille Kring.[5][6]

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


Tait was elected as Mayor of Anaheim on November 2, 2010.[1]

Anaheim, California Mayoral Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTom Tait 54.4% 33,340
     Nonpartisan Shirley McCracken 32.1% 19,668
     Nonpartisan Denis Fitzgerald 13.4% 8,229
Total Votes 61,237


Tait is married to Julie Tait. They have four children and moved to Anaheim in 1992.[2]

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Preceded by
Curt Pringle
Mayor of Anaheim
Succeeded by