Mission Viejo could move from at-large elections to district elections after a voting rights attorney sent a demand letter warning the city it is violating state law because the current voting system disenfranchises minorities from getting elected.
Regardless of who wins the District 6 seat, either Rickk Montoya or Kim Nguyen will be the city’s first-ever Latino council member. While the two Democrats have similar stances on the issues, the community is divided over their candidacies.
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.
A Superior Court judge has placed a temporary stay on Garden Grove’s district elections process after a community group and former city councilman filed a lawsuit challenging the elimination of an at-large elected mayor.