Brandman’s Lead in Anaheim Council Race Narrows

Adam Elmahrek/Voice of OC

Anaheim City Councilman Jordan Brandman at a council meeting.

Anaheim City Councilman Jordan Brandman’s lead over challenger Jose Moreno in the race for the District 3 council seat has narrowed to just 61 votes, as the county Registrar of Voters continues to count vote-by-mail and provisional ballots.

The latest tally posted by the Registrar Thursday evening showed Brandman’s lead had dropped from 268 votes on Election Day to 61, with 122,028 ballots still left to count countywide.

Vote tallies from the Registrar of Voters' website as of 5 pm. on November 17.

Vote tallies from the Registrar of Voters’ website as of 5 pm. on November 17.

In another close race, Republican Denise Barnes has slightly increased her lead over fellow Republican Steve Chavez Lodge — going from 108 votes on Election Day to 254 votes as of Thursday.

If Barnes manages to keep her lead and Moreno pulls ahead, the election would shift power from the current three-member city council majority, which is heavily backed by the city’s business establishment, to a new four-member majority on a new seven-member council.

Brandman, who is hoping to be elected to a second term, has fought a bitter campaign against Moreno, a former elementary school district board member and the plaintiff in a California Voting Rights Act lawsuit that triggered the switch to district elections and an expansion of the council.

Both Barnes and Moreno are endorsed by Mayor Tom Tait, who backed a slate of four candidates who vowed to oppose subsidy deals for major business interests.

Two other Tait-backed candidates in Districts 4 and 5 — Arturo Ferreras and Mark Lopez — lost their races to incumbent Councilwoman Lucille Kring, and Planning Commissioner Steve Faessel, respectively.

The Registrar will continue to post new vote tallies on its website every weekday evening at 5 p.m.

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  • David Zenger

    As of today it has narrowed completely. A dead heat.

    • Paul Lucas

      Tied neck to neck

  • Paul Lucas

    Looking forward to the elimination of that 61 vote lead.

    • David Zenger

      It would be cause for celebration over here in District 4.

      • Paul Lucas

        Im hoping it will close today and go up a few on Monday. Believe it or not Hermandad Mexicana is posting coconuts there challenging ballots with Latino surnames.

        • David Zenger

          What is Hermandad Mexicana?

          Ballots don’t have names on them so you are referring to the envelopes?

          • Paul Lucas

            That’s the Mexican immigrant advocacy group ran by Nativo Lopez.

          • David Zenger

            I wonder what he’s getting for this.

          • Paul Lucas

            So far 30k from Disney plus if they want s recount he will be the plaintiff with bankroll by Disney

          • Paul Lucas

            you can see the names of provisional ballots thats whats being counted.

  • loudchapina

    Poor Jordan! Daddy Pringles couldn’t buy him a seat at the trough! What we’ll he do now?

  • David Zenger

    All that Disney dough to buy an election and they still had trouble peddling this empty suit.