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Anaheim council appoints community volunteer Gloria Ma’ae to District 2 seat

The Anaheim City Council has chosen Gloria Ma’ae, a retired UPS employee who has been active in the community for years, to fill the District 2 seat until the next council elections in November 2022.

Ma’ae was one of 10 people who applied to fill the vacancy created when Jordan Brandman resigned last month. She’s a member of the city’s community services board and is involved with Mayor Harry Sidhu’s “Anaheim First” initiative. She has also served on the North Anaheim Neighborhood Council, the city charter review board and other civic groups, according to her application form.

The City Council appointed her Tuesday night in a 4-2 vote, with councilmen Jose Moreno and Avelino Valencia abstaining over complaints with the selection process. Although all candidates were allowed to speak at the meeting, Moreno said some candidates weren’t given a chance to prepare for specific questions, and Valencia said he didn’t believe the city had done enough to learn what District 2 residents want from their council member.

Sidhu argued that residents had the opportunity to meet the candidates and that it was “completely a transparent process.”

In her comments to the council, Ma’ae said she would be “a fierce advocate for neighborhood reinvestment” and would help the city address homeless issues “with compassion, but firmness that gives residents our parks and public spaces back.”

“I want to see our economy recover from COVID-19 and continue to grow so that we have the resources to invest in public safety, neighborhood reinvestment and providing first-class public services,” she said.

Ma’ae is expected to be seated by the Sept. 28 council meeting.

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