This is the time to be thankful, and the staff at the OC Registrar of Voters must be thankful the vote counting was finished just in time for the holidays.
And the results show Tyler Diep, the incumbent Westminster City Councilman and former Van Tran aide, officially losing his seat. Despite sitting on a massive campaign treasure, Diep finished third in a race for two seats behind Westminster School Board President Sergio Contreras and newcomer Diana Carey. Contreras amassed 25.8% of the votes, followed by Carey with 19.8% or 8,999, while Diep ended third with 19.4% or 8,787.
Over in Garden Grove, meanwhile, Viet candidate and newcomer Chris Phan won after an intense campaign in which he knocked on every house in the city. Other winners: Tri Ta won as mayor of Westminster and Bao Q. Nguyen was elected to the appointed seat he was holding on the Garden Grove School Board.
Diep became the first Viet incumbent in Orange County to lose, and the second nationwide. In 2009 John Tran of Rosemead lost his council seat to another Viet, Steven Ly.
Even Andy Quach, following his drunken crash into a power pole and subsequent DUI conviction, managed to get reelected in 2010.
Diep may still get back on the council if his former colleagues want him there and appoint him to the seat vacated by the death of councilman Frank Fry.