The Anaheim City Council last night voted unanimously to immediately open the application process for eligible District 2 residents wishing to be considered for appointment to the vacant District 2 council seat.
The application process opens today and runs through September 8. The city council will vote on a choosing an applicant at its September 14 meeting.
Former Councilman Jordan Brandman resigned on August 5, creating a vacancy that the city charter requires filling by appointment. If the council cannot agree on a candidate by October 4, a special election to fill the vacancy would be held in mid-April 2022.
Councilman Jose F. Moreno’s request to convene a special council meeting for the purpose of making the appointment met with a lack of support from his colleagues. Responding to an inquiry from Moreno, City Manager James Vanderpool noted that the council meetings scheduled during the appointment window are projected to have very light agendas. The upshot is there won’t be difficulty accommodating the appointment process during a normal council meeting.
The request from both Moreno and Councilman Trevor O’Neil to ask applicants to note their priorities in their council application was adopted. O’Neil went beyond requesting applicants to note their agenda for District 2 and asked that they also outline their priorities for the city as a whole.
Applicants will be allowed, if they so choose, 5 minutes to pitch themselves at the September 18 meeting.
Whomever is appointed to fill the District 2 vacancy would have the option of running for a full term in November 2022, and could use the ballot title of “Appointed Councilmember.”
An appointment process could also potentially provide a sneak preview of potential candidates for District 2 in next year’s council election.
The last time the Anaheim City Council dealt with a vacancy was in 1995, when then-Councilman Tom Daly’s seat became vacant upon his swearing in as the city’s directly-elected mayor. The council deadlocked until the appointment window had almost expired, before settling on a compromise applicant: Tom Tait, who was a planning commissioner at the time.