Politics & Elections

Westminster sales tax leads

ELECTION RESULTS may take a long time to materialize (Shutterstock).

To our readers: For the most up-to date results, go to ocvote.com. We will have more election counts in the morning.

Westminster voters are overwhelmingly approving a renewal of the city’s one-cent sales tax, likely averting a major financial crisis.

At our deadline, Measure Y was leading by 74 to 26 percent. It extends the original Measure SS approved in 2016 but which had a “sunset” clause of six years. Measure Y comes with a 20-year expiration.

In Huntington Beach, voters are approving a tax on cannabis products, clearing the way for the city to authorize the sales, cultivation and production of “pot” in Surf City. A similar measure was narrowly defeated in the June primary election.

Steve Jones and David Shawver, mayors of Garden Grove and Stanton, ran unopposed, but Westminster will have a new mayor. At our deadline, Councilmember Chi Charlie Nguyen was leading three rivals, including colleagues Kimberly Ho and Tai Do.

The current mayor, Tri Ta, a Republican,  is locked in a close race with Garden Grove Councilmember Diedre Tu-Ha Nguyen (Democrat) for the 70th State Assembly District seat. In the 36th State Senate District race, Republican Assemblymember Janet Nguyen has opened a modest lead over Huntington Beach council member Kim Carr, a Democrat.

At the city council level, in Garden Grove, incumbent George Brietigam is breezing to re-election in District 1, while Cindy Tran has a substantial lead in District 3. Joe DoVinh is leading in District 4.

In Huntington Beach, the early leaders are allies Pat Burns, Tony Strickland, Gracey Van Der Mark and Casey McKeon in an election for four seats. Former councilmembers Jill Hardy and Billy O’Connell are running seventh and 10th. Surf City does not elect its mayor directly, but is chosen by councilmembers among themselves.

In Stanton, Donald Torres is leading Elizabeth Barbara Maciol-Wiktor for the District 1 seat. Incumbent Gary Taylor is running unopposed in District 3.

The Westminster council races have Amy Phan West leading in District 1 and Namquan Nguyen in District 4.

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