Politics & Elections

Five seek to replace council members

FIVE people have “pulled papers” to qualify as replacements for three members of the Westminster City Council at the April 7 recall election (Shutterstock).

Five people hoping to replace members of the Westminster City Council have taken out nomination papers for the April 7 recall election.

According to the city clerk’s office, by mid-day Tuesday the following have “pulled papers” to run as candidates to replace Mayor Tri Ta and councilmembers Kimberly Ho and Chi Charlie Nguyen if they are recalled by voters.

They are:

  • Phat Vu, seeking the office of mayor now held by Ta.
  • Mark Lawrence and Samantha Bao Anh Nguyen, seeking the council seat held by Ho.
  • Jamison Power and Justin Weiler, seeking the council seat held by Nguyen.

Those hoping to qualify for the April 7 ballot must return to the city clerk by Jan. 23 a nomination petition bearing the valid signatures of 20 Westminster citizens, although 30 are recommended.

Although the city councilmembers – currently chosen at large by voters – will be elected by district in the general election of Nov. 3, that change will not affect this election.

The recall of what opponents are calling “The Gang of Three” was prompted by allegations of nepotism, concerns about council procedure and a resolution suggesting that opponents of the council majority were in some way connected to infiltration efforts by the communist government of Vietnam.

Those against the recall argue that the recall is disruptive of the city’s business, is motivated by political rivalry and is very expensive. The total cost of the process – including the validation of signatures on the recall petitions, as well as the special election itself–is estimated to be over $400,000.

 

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