Sidhu Opens Committee for 68th Assembly District
Posted by Chris Nguyen on July 15, 2013
Sidhu filed a Form 501 (Candidate Intention Statement) for the 68th Assembly District when opening that committee. On the Form 501, Sidhu also indicated he would not accept the voluntary expenditure limit of $544,000 in the primary and $953,000 in the general election.
The only catch with a 2014 bid for AD-68 is a gentleman by the name of Don Wagner.
There are four possibilities for this committee:
- Sidhu is crazy enough to challenge Wagner, who would cream Sidhu in the June 2014 primary
- Sidhu is banking on Wagner running for CD-45 in 2014 (win or lose, Wagner would have to give up his Assembly seat if he chose to run for CD-45 since the elections for the two seats occur concurrently)
- Sidhu is using the Assembly committee as a placeholder to raise funds for another office (Sidhu would then presumably launch a surprise by filing for another office at the last minute and then slide the money over)
- Sidhu is using the 2014 committee as a placeholder for a future vacancy in the AD-68 seat in 2015 (Wagner leaves the seat early) or 2016 (Wagner terms out)
Sidhu has a 2-3 record in the five times he’s sought elected office.
- In 2010, Sidhu ran unsuccessfully for 4th District Supervisor, losing to Supervisor Shawn Nelson 63.1%-36.9%. Just 0.1% of AD-68 voters live in the 4th Supervisorial District.
- In the 2008 general election, Sidhu was the top vote-getter for Anaheim City Council, winning 23.2% of the vote. 16.8% of AD-68 voters live in the City of Anaheim, which is the third-largest city in AD-68.
- In the 2008 primary election, Sidhu ran unsuccessfully for the 33rd Senate District, losing to then-Assemblywoman Mimi Walters in a 74.0%-26.0% landslide. (For comparison, Supervisor Janet Nguyen defeated Steve Rocco 74.2%-25.8% in 2012.)
- In 2004, Sidhu was first elected to the Anaheim City Council, winning 18.4% of the vote, coming in second behind Lorri Galloway.
- In 2002, Sidhu made an unsuccessful bid for Anaheim City Council, winning 10.7% of the vote, coming in fourth behind Bob Hernandez, Richard Chavez, and Bob Zemel.