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Paulette Poppins Flattened

It’s a jolly holiday when Paulette and her magic carpetbag move into your district to run for office!

Matthew Leslie

It’s official, Paulette Marshall Chaffee has qualified to run for Fullerton City Council in District 5, where she has deliberately moved in order to run for office. Her new residence is a relatively modest apartment far away from her family abode north of Brea Blvd. in District 2. I guess everyone has to get out of the house someday to make their own way in the world. Carpe Diem! If your own district isn’t up for election until 2020, move into a district with elections this year…

Fullerton now has a district-based elections system because the city was sued by two clients who alleged that Asians and Latinos were underrepresented on the City Council, resulting in the adoption of five separate (badly drawn) districts who each elect their own candidate to the City Council. Ms. Marshall Chaffee has evidently decided that a carpetbagging white lady from up in the hills is just what the city’s only Latino majority district needs to represent it, even though there are plenty of longtime residents of that district running against her.

Many die-hard Democrats–most notably Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva–are put off by this brazenly patronizing and opportunist campaign, and have withheld their support, but Paulette Marshall Chaffee’s website lists several dozen people who nonetheless have endorsed her carpetbagging run for office. There is no requirement for a candidate to have a specific ethnic background to represent a district, of course, but the district she seeks to lead is majority Mexican-American, and not a single Hispanic sounding surname appears on this list, so far (correct me if I am mistaken):

Paulette's Endorsements

Her biggest advantage in the election is having lots of her own money to spend, so much so that she is already advertising for paid precinct walkers. Will it be enough to win? Only the District 5 voters can send her packing, back up the hill in November.

District 5 Roster 2018A

Left to right, John Ybarra, Paulette Marshall Chaffee, Vicki Calhoun, Ahmad Zahra, Jose Trinidad Castañeda (who is disputing a single invalidated nominating signature), and Sabrina Narain.

Matthew Leslie

Six candidates have filed papers to run for Fullerton City Council in the 5th District, located in the southeast region of the city, but only five have officially qualified for the ballot. One is disputing his disqualification over a lack of valid nominating signatures. Candidates are required to provide to the City Clerk twenty valid signatures of citizens registered to vote in the district in which they intend to run for office. Candidates may provide up to thirty signatures at a time in case some are invalidated, and may gather more if they are needed if some are indeed disqualified, as long as they have them filed on the final day of the nominating period (August 10).

A refreshingly diverse pool of candidates are running for Fullerton City Council in this part of the city, which figured heavily in the lawsuit alleging underrepresentation by non-whites that resulted in the city adopting a district-based system this year. The candidates are listed below in the order in which they appear on the city’s 2018 Fullerton City Council Candidate Filing Log.

John Ybarra is a longtime local realtor. His website lists a short, but impressive list of endorsements.

Mr. Ybarra’s ballot designation is “Broker / Business Owner.”

Paulette Marshall Chaffee is a lawyer and wife of current Mayor Doug Chaffee. Ms. Marshall Chaffee recently moved into the 5th District from the 2nd District to run for office there. She and her husband have law offices in Fullerton.

Ms. Marshall Chaffee’s ballot designation is “Attorney / nonprofit boardmember.”

Ahmad Zahra has been running for City Council for over a year, securing many early endorsements for his timely efforts. He has a medical degree and is a filmmaker. He has lived in the district for seventeen years.

Mr. Zahra’s ballot designation is “Educational Media Businessman.”

Dr. Vicki Calhoun has a doctorate in Education, and ran unsuccessfully for Fullerton School District Board several years ago. She previously served on the Fullerton Public Library Board of Trustees, and is also a longtime resident of the district. She does not yet have a campaign website.

Dr. Calhoun’s ballot designation is “Counselor / Educator.”

Sabrina Narain is local business attorney. She does not yet have a campaign website.

Ms. Narain’s ballot designation is “Attorney at Law.”

Jose Trinidad Castañeda currently serves on Fullerton’s Park and Recreation Commission. His nominating petition was ruled to have not included a sufficient number of valid signatures. He is reportedly disputing the invalidation of a single signature that is keeping him off the ballot. The Rag will update this post as soon as more information is available. He has also moved into the 5th District from another part of the city to run for office, but notes that he did attend elementary school there.

 

Distrcit-3-Roster-2018-Image

Left to Right, Jesus Silva, Greg Sebourn, Nickolas Wildstar

Matthew Leslie

Fullerton is transitioning from at-large elections to district-based elections this year. Candidates are filing to run for Fulleton City Council in specific, discreet districts, two of which (3 and 5) are up for election in 2018. Candidates are required to live in the district they intend to represent at the time they file for office. The final day to turn in the required signatures for Fullerton City Council was August 10.  Following the submission of signatures by candidates, Fullerton’s City Clerk must certify that the signatures are valid, using the data of the Orange County Registrar of Voters.

The 2018 Fullerton City Council Candidate Filing Log shows that three candidates have qualified to appear on the ballot in November for District 3. I have listed them below in the order they appear on the city’s filing log.

Jesus Silva is an incumbent Fullerton City Council member. He was elected to an at-large seat in 2016, and can continue in that office until 2020. However, since his residence is now in the same district as that of Greg Sebourn, on the council in an at-large seat since 2014, he would not be able to run again until 2022 when that district is again on the ballot. So, Jesus Silva has chosen to run for the District 3 seat, which is sort of a no-fault decision. If he wins, he will occupy that seat through 2022; if he loses, he will be no better or worse off than he is now. If he wins, there should be a special election to fill the remaining term of his at-large seat.*

Mr. Silva’s ballot designation is “City of Fullerton Councilmember / Teacher.”

Greg Sebourn is currently Mayor Pro Tem of Fullertona largely ceremonially title, which, like Mayor in Fullerton, is awarded annually by the council itself, generally on a rotational basis. Greg Sebourn was first elected during the Recall Election of 2012, filling the seat left by successfully recalled Don Bankhead. Mr. Sebourn was re-elected in 2014.

Greg Sebourn’s ballot designation is “Mayor Pro Tem.”

Nickolas Wildstar ran for Governor of California this year, placing 17th in the primary (only the top two candidates advance to the General Election in November), which may explain why his website refers to statewide issues, and the word “Fullerton” does not seem to appear anywhere on it. A July 30 entry on his Facebook page urges voters to make him the “Next Mayor of Anaheim.”

Nickolas Wildstar’s ballot designation is “Recording Artist.”

A fourth prospective candidate, Mohammad Abdel Haq, pulled papers to run on August 9, but did not submit them, and so will not appear on the ballot.

*During a recent public presentation about the new district-based election system, our City Clerk suggested that if Mr. Silva wins the District 3 seat, the City Council might simply choose to appoint Greg Sebourn, who would then be off the council, to fill the remaining two years of Mr. Silva’s at-large seat. Such an action, in the opinion of The Rag, would be undemocratic, to say the least, and should not be taken by the City Council. If this election results in a vacant two year at-large term, a special election should be held to fill it.

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