Just as there are far too many candidates for the Irvine City Council this year so too are there quite a few candidates in the Irvine Mayor’s race, including:
- Donald P. Wagner, California Legislator – Statement
- Katherine Daigle, Small Business Owner – Statement
- Gang Chen, Architect/Author/Businessman – Statement
- David Chey, Self-Employed/Entrepreneur – Statement
- Mary Ann Gaido, Irvine Planning Commissioner – Statement
The Republican Party has predictably lined up behind Don Wagner. We beg to differ. He hails from the uber-religious wing of the GOP and has a fairly nutty record as a former college board member and State Legislator. At a time when the Irvine City Council needs to move into a new age of non-partisanship, Wagner is the wrong choice for Mayor.
Wagner’s blue counterpart is Mary Ann Gaido. She has been allied with former Irvine City Councilman Larry Agran and retiring Councilwoman Beth Krom for a long time. We don’t like her record on the Irvine Planning Commission. Gaido voted for many of the development projects she is complaining about now! She is however the only Democrat in this race so if voting for a Democrat is important to you then Gaido is your gal.
Katherine Daigle has become a perennial candidate. It is hard to take her seriously.
That leaves us with Gang Chen. Here is what he has to say in his candidate’s statement: “Irvine does not belong to just Republicans or Democrats, but belongs to all of us.” I could not agree more! While his detractors hate him because he is not a partisan and he is a political novice, he just might be the best option for Mayor of Irvine. He has a degree in planning from USC, he is an architect and his focuses are traffic, managed growth, and education.