Garden Grove City Council candidate Kim Nguyen addresses the council during a meeting earlier this year. Standing in the background (in a red shirt) is Claudio Gallegos, who has played a controversial role in the drawing of the city's new district map.

The Man Behind the Maps

As moves to district-based elections promise to transform the electoral landscapes of several large Orange County jurisdictions, demographer and Democratic operative Claudio Gallegos has emerged as a central, and at times, controversial figure.

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The Accidental Advocate

In 2011, Kevin Shenkman was a patent attorney with no background in election law when a Democratic Party official asked him to take on a voting rights case in the Los Angeles County city of Palmdale. Now he is a statewide force for district-based elections.