Harry Sidhu
Harry Sidhu.jpg
46th Mayor of Anaheim
In office
December 4, 2018 – May 24, 2022
Preceded byTom Tait
Member of the Anaheim City Council
In office
December 7, 2004 – December 11, 2012
Preceded byTom Tait
Succeeded byLucille Kring
Personal details
Born (1957-07-08) July 8, 1957 (age 65)
India
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Gin Sidhu
Children2
EducationDrexel University (BS)
WebsiteOfficial website
Campaign website

Harry S. Sidhu[1] (born July 8, 1957) is an American Republican politician and businessman who served as the 46th mayor of Anaheim, California, winning the office in the 2018 election. He was the first person of color and the first Sikh to serve as mayor of Anaheim.[2] He is a former member of the Anaheim City Council and the former Mayor pro tempore of Anaheim.

In May 2022, a court filing revealed that he is under investigation by the FBI for possible corruption involving the sale of Angel Stadium, and the Anaheim City Council unanimously requested that he resign his position as mayor.[3] On May 23, 2022, Sidhu resigned as mayor, effective the following day.[4]

Education and early career

Sidhu earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University[5] He became a U.S. citizen in 1979[5] and worked as a consulting engineer.

Sidhu served as director of Orange County Water District Board.[6][7] He also serves on the Board of Friends of United States, an organization that promotes India–United States relations.[8]

Mayoral career

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Per an affidavit by FBI Special Agent Brian Adkins, Sidhu is under investigation for having violated numerous federal statutes. These potential violations include: honest services fraud, theft or bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, wire fraud, mail fraud, false statements, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering.[9] The release of this information prompted the State of California Attorney General Rob Bonta to suspend a pending settlement with the City of Anaheim regarding the Angel Stadium sale. [10]

On May 16, 2022, a court filing by the California Superior Court, County of Orange, stated that Sidhu is under investigation by the FBI and an Orange County Grand Jury for potential criminal conduct related to the sale of the Angel Stadium property, and for his actions related to the registering of a personal aircraft at a false out-of-state address.[11] The sale of Angel Stadium and its land for $320 million to the Anaheim Angels is alleged to have violated state law, specifically the Surplus Land Act, which requires public agencies to prioritize affordable housing, parks, and open space when they sell public property. Furthermore, it is alleged that he provided confidential information to the Angels, and hoped to solicit $1 million in campaign contributions from the team.[12]

Electoral history

City Council

2004 Anaheim City Council at-large election (2 seats)[13]
Candidate Votes %
Lorri Galloway 24,856 18.8
Harry Sidhu 24,242 18.4
Jerry O'Connnell 19,044 14.4
Lucile Kring 15,819 12.0
Sefanie O'Neill 10,451 7.9
Richard "Dick" Larochelle 10,421 7.9
Andrea James 8,152 6.2
George Charles Johnson 7,243 5.5
Robert J. Flores 5,068 3.8
John R. Karczynski 2,206 1.7
Rubin Jamison Skipper 1,807 1.4
Craig Merrihue 1,496 1.1
Faiz Zuberi 1,137 0.9
2008 Anaheim City Council at-large election (2 seats)[13]
Candidate Votes %
Harry Sidhu (incumbent) 32,652 23.2
Lorri Galloway (incumbent) 31,694 22.6
Gail Eastman 27,200 19.4
John Karczynski 11,668 8.3
Kostas "Gus" Roditis 10,160 7.2
Jennifer Rivera 8,208 5.8
Robert J. Flores 7,148 5.1
Steve Perez 5,495 3.9
Brian Chuchua 4,957 3.5
Faiz Zuberi 1,336 1.0

Mayor

2018 Anaheim mayoral election[14]
Candidate Votes %
Harry Sidhu 26,422 32.5%
Ashleigh Aitken 25,944 31.9%
Lorri Galloway 12,367 15.2%
Cynthia Ward 7,121 8.7%
H. Fuji Shioura 3,024 3.7%
Robert Williams 2,824 3.5%
Rudy Gaona 2,506 3.1%
Tony D. Martin 1,199 1.5%
Total votes 81,407 100%

References

  1. ^ "Harry Sidhu's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  2. ^ "Harry Sidhu is ahead in Anaheim mayor's race, and resort worker wage measure has the lead". The New Indian Express. November 9, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  3. ^ Robinson, Alicia (19 May 2022). "Anaheim council members ask mayor to step down". Orange County Register. Retrieved 20 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Anaheim mayor resigns amid corruption probe into his role in Angel Stadium land sale". Los Angeles Times. May 23, 2022. Retrieved May 23, 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Full Biography for Harry Sidhu". SmartVoter. November 2, 2010. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  6. ^ Cunningham, Matthew (July 6, 2017). "Anaheim: Harry Sidhu Opens Mayoral Campaign Committee". OC Daily. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  7. ^ Robinson, Alicia (November 8, 2018). "Harry Sidhu is ahead in Anaheim mayor's race, and resort worker wage measure has the lead". Orange County Register. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Friend of United States".
  9. ^ "Ex parte application for Order" (PDF).
  10. ^ "State attorney general asks for hold on Angel Stadium land sale amid corruption probe". Los Angeles Times. 16 May 2022. Retrieved May 16, 2022.
  11. ^ "Feds Investigation Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu Over Angel Stadium Sale". 16 May 2022. Retrieved May 16, 2022.
  12. ^ "Secret retreats and a powerful 'cabal': Corruption probe reveals who really runs Anaheim". Los Angeles Times. 2022-05-19. Retrieved 2022-05-19.
  13. ^ a b "Election Results Archives". Orange County Registrar of Voters. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  14. ^ "Orange County 2018 General Election November 6, 2018 Official Results for Election". Orange County. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
Political offices Preceded byTom Tait Mayor of Anaheim 2018–2022 Succeeded byvacant