One candidate for mayor plus three for city council, add up to a rather sedate slate of Vietnamese-American candidates running for public office in the city of Westminster.
The excitement that would have come with the mayoral race never materialized. Incumbent Margie Rice will face former Garden Grove Planning Commissioner and head of VHN-TV Bruce Tran (Mr. I’m Not Threatening You in the video at the end of this entry; he’s to the left in the photo above).
Tran earlier was voted onto a 7-seat board member of a community group called the “Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California.” The group is intended to be some sort of umbrella representative of the community. The top three vote getters were to be President and Vice-Presidents. Tran placed the communicative power of VHN-TV fully behind his candidacy, and placed, well, 4th.
Accusations soon arose, however, that the 3rd-place finisher cheated. Tran was vocal in opposing her, and she was kicked out, Tran moved up to third, and got a vice-presidency. Then Tran also got into a fight with the 6th-place finisher, who was later also out of the board.
So, both of the 3rd and 6th-place winners, Ty Dao (Đào Bích Ty) and Hai Duong (Dương Đại Hải) pulled papers to run in the mayoral race, obviously out for revenge in an attempt to sabotage Tran’s campaign.
The two never completed their paperwork, however, and Tran is clear to be on his own and take on the incumbent this November.
On the council side, the two incumbents Tri Ta and Andy Quach, he of the smiley face fame, are facing a whole slew of challengers, including Vietnamese who was prominent in the protests against a Vietnamese singer.
Khoa Do, a personality on Vietnamese-language radio, is running as a change from the old guard. At the planning meeting to welcome their hero Ly Tong and plan the protests at Anaheim Arena, Do served as the moderator of the meeting. That’s him to the right in the photo.