Historically-Red Orange County Elects First Indian American Sikh Mayor In Anaheim…
By: Sunita Sohrabji & Giovanni Albanese, Jr., India-West Staff Reporter
Date: November 9, 2018
“…Elsewhere in the ‘Orange is the New Blue’ region in Southern California, Harry Sidhu was certified Anaheim, Calif.’s new mayor. Sidhu held a wide margin – with almost 40 percent of the vote – in a race that drew eight candidates.
“I want to thank my family, my supporters, and, most importantly, the Anaheim community for taking the time to cast your vote for me and the vision we share together for Anaheim’s future. I am honored and thrilled to lead the charge in unifying our city once again,” said Sidhu in his victory speech.
“The residents of Anaheim know that it’s time to move past the divisiveness and get back to working with all residents, businesses, and workforce that make Anaheim what it is today. We must return to the understanding that we only succeed when we all succeed. For Anaheim to thrive, we must work together and that starts anew today,” he said.
The National Sikh Campaign sent out a congratulatory message. “We would like to congratulate Harry Singh Sidhu on becoming the next Mayor of Anaheim, of the largest cities in California,” said the organization in a Nov. 8 press statement.
“It is incredibly exciting to see Mr. Sidhu, a Sikh, become Mayor of such a large and diverse city. I look forward to engaging with him on issues that impact Sikhs in Anaheim, and the larger Orange County region,” said Jas Sajjan, Director of Public Policy for the National Sikh Campaign.
Once sworn in, Sidhu will be one of the few Indian American Sikh mayors in the United States, which includes Mayor Ravinder Singh Bhalla of Hoboken, New Jersey; and Mayor Preet Didbal of Yuba City, Calif….”