Eastman and Murray Win Seats on Anaheim City Council

Gail Eastman and Kris Murray, backed by the city’s most visible business interests, won election to the Anaheim City Council on Tuesday, defeating a dozen rivals for the two open seats.

With all 177 precincts reporting, Eastman had 19.4 percent of the vote, and Murray had 16.76 percent. John Leos, who was supported by labor, finished third, with 11.9 percent.

Eastman, a former city planning commissioner, and Murray, an Orange County Transportation Authority government relations executive, were backed by Disney and the Chamber of Commerce.

Like much of the rest of the nation, jobs were the No. 1 issue for those seeking to join the mayor and four council members in governing the city of 350,000 residents. But candidates offered few specifics.

The biggest challenge facing each of the 14 contenders was finding a way to implant his or her name in the memory of voters.

Here is the vote breakdown for the other candidates as of Thursday morning:

Linda Linder: 7.7 percent

Robert Nelson: 6.9 percent

Thomas “Hoagy” Holguin: 6.6 percent

Bill Dalati: 5 percent

Brian Neil Chuchua: 4.7 percent

Sandy Parke: 4.7 percent

Robert Jesus Flores: 4.2 percent

Dustin Apodaca: 3.8 percent

Dennis T. Varnum: 3.4 percent

John Santoianni: 2.8 percent

Rudy Gaona: 2.1 percent



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