Politics & Elections

The high cost of office-seeking

HOW MUCH candidates for Garden Grove City Council have raised and spent in this election, and their leading contributors (Shutterstock).

It’s not cheap to run for political office, even though the advent of by-district voting in Garden Grove has – in theory – made it a bit less expensive.

There are three council positions on the ballot in Nov. 3 election, in addition to the mayor’s post. According to documents filed with the city clerk’s office, here are the most recent campaign financial statements. Calculations are based on year-to-date through Sept. 19, 2020.

For District 2

  • Julie Diep has raised $13,774 (including a $5,000 loan to her campaign), spent $2,661.07 and has $11,112.93 in available funds. She has debts of $5000 (her loan) Her largest contributors are Elaine Diep of Monterey Park ($2,s000) and Homer Schlick of Pomona ($1000).
  • John O’Neill, the incumbent, has raised $7,250 and spent zero. He has no debt and the cash available to him is $14,487.02, including funds carried over from previous campaign. His largest contributors are the Garden Grove Police Officers Assn.’s PAC ($2,500) and the Orange County Professional Firefighters Assn. PAC ($2,500).

For District 5

  • Stephanie Klopfenstein, the incumbent, has raised $20,175 and spent $11,115.60. She has a debt of $5,124 and cash available at $31,467.68 (including previous campaign funds). Her largest contributors are NOVA Kitchen/Grove Palace LLC of Garden Grove ($5,000), and McWhinney  Real Estate LLC of Loveland, Ohio, Garden Grove Police Officers Assn. PAC and Orange County Professional Firefighters Assn. PAC, all $2,500.
  • Robert Tucker has raised $8,845, of which $8000 is a loan to his campaign. He has spent $2,179.94 and has cash on hand of $6,665.06. His debt is $8,000. The largest contributor is John Grace of Huntington Beach ($200).

For District 6

  • Huan Nguyen has filed a form stating he would raise and spend less than $2000.
  • Kim Nguyen, the incumbent, has raised $33,805.40 spent $15,093.22 and has cash on hand of $26,038.24. The largest contributors are Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 582 ($4,000), Los Angeles/Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council PAC ($4,000), Orange County Professional Firefighters Assn. PAC ($2,500) and VDC Red Hill Holdings/Ryan Ogulnick of Los Angeles ($2,000).

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