ANAHEIM, Calif .– An Anaheim city councilor resigned this week after facing huge backlash from vulgar and offensive text messages he sent to a resident targeting a former city council member as part of an effort increasing reminder.
Jordan Brandman, a two-time city council member who represented City Council District 2, resigned from council on Thursday, August 5.
“It has been an honor to serve the residents of Anaheim, especially my friends and neighbors in City District 2,” Brandman said in a letter of resignation to the city manager. “As with most, there are times in our lives when we are faced with competing professional and personal priorities. For this reason, I decided that it was in the best interests of me and my family. focus on them right now. I’m watching I look forward to remaining an enthusiastic resident of Anaheim and excited for the future of our city. “
Brandman, a Democrat, served on city council from 2012 to 2016 and was re-elected for another four-year term in 2018. His current term was scheduled to end in December 2022.
Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu had called for Brandman’s resignation after the text messages became public.
“I was shocked and appalled,” the mayor said in a statement. “I immediately had concerns about the former board member’s ability to serve effectively in the future. I gave Jordan some time to own his words, to take responsibility for his actions. , do what was best for Anaheim and look after her own well-being. “
“As mayor, I have an obligation to strive for the right outcome for the residents and our city as a whole,” Sidhu added. “I informed Jordan that at this point I would take this matter to city council for possible censorship and a call for resignation.”
Brandman’s resignation comes more than a month after a one year old private text message series Then denigrating city council member Denise Barnes was revealed.
According to the Orange Juice Blog, a local political news blog, Brandman sent the offensive texts that referred to Barnes as a vulgar term for female genitalia to a resident after a February 2020 city council meeting.
Brandman apologized for the texts.
“My language in the heat of the moment over a year ago was more than inappropriate and should never be spoken about a human being,” said Brandman in a statement to local news sites.
Yet Brandman faced several criticisms from his colleagues in City Council and the Orange County Democratic Party, who had also called for his resignation. Orange County Democratic Party released a resolution “denouncing misogyny” a month after the text messages went public.
In addition, Brandman faced a directed recall effort by his former board colleague Barnes, who served on the board from 2016-2020 but lost his re-election campaign.
City council will now appoint someone to replace Brandman and serve his term until November 2022, when the District 2 seat will be vacant for regular elections.
A nomination hearing is expected to take place in the coming weeks, a city official said.