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Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Local Political Establishment backlash
OUSD Trustee Mark Wayland endorses Area 1 candidate Andrea Yamasaki
|Area 1 candidate Andrea Yamasaki|
The Andrea Yamasaki campaign for the Orange Unified School District Area 1 Trustee Seat released a press release this week announcing the endorsement of OUSD Trustee Mark Wayland.
Wayland has been leading the charge against Yamasaki's opponent
|Trustee Mark Wayland|
Wayland- a lifelong Republican- expressed frustration with the local Party Establishment on their Facebook page. Wayland writing he is "disappointed in this endorsement" writes about the OUSD Area 1 contest between candidates Greg Salas and Andrea Yamasaki that: "The differences between the two candidates could not be more stark. Just because someone puts an R next to their name, does not mean that they are the best candidate for the position."
Wayland is the first local leader to articulating the current political mood against ruling Establishment Ruling Class in both parties that is sweeping the country. Wayland admonished the local Establishment: "Look to
if you need to be reminded.
We have been completely sold out by the "Republicans" in the Senate
and in Congress. How many of these turn coats got in to office because they had
a R next to their name?" Washington
Since the instant Wayland voted to appoint Salas over Yamasaki against the will of the Anaheim Hills community, Wayland has taken responsibility in his own press releases. The Yamasaki press release quotes Wayland's already public mea culpa :
“I take responsibility for my vote that led to the recall because I did not do my job and vet the two candidates for the appointment,” he admitted. “I regretted my vote almost immediately after I did it. But I will not make the same mistake twice.”Ironically, the local Political Establishment Chairperson is another Greater Orange Leader-who should know better about Greater Orange schools - Orange City Councilman Fred Whitaker.
Other Greater Orange leaders who have endorsed Yamasaki are Villa Park Mayor Greg Mills and Orange City Councilmembers Mike Alverez and Kimberly Nichols. In addition, the Peralta Neighborhood has endorsed Yamasaki.
The ballots in the All-Vote-by mail election must be mailed by Tuesday March 4th, 2016.