Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Saga Continues for Tyler Diep and Diana Carey

With only a few hundred ballots left, does Tyler Diep have enough to catch up the 235 ballot deficit?



CITY OF WESTMINSTER Member, City Council
Number To Vote For: 2
Completed Precincts: 57 of 57


Vote Count Percentage
SERGIO CONTRERAS 11,408 25.9%
DIANA CAREY 8,758 19.8%
TYLER DIEP 8,535 19.3%
CHARLIE NGUYEN MANH CHI 7,501 17.0%
HELENA RUTKOWSKI 2,885 6.5%
KHAI DAO 2,584 5.9%
AL P. KRIPPNER 2,453 5.6%

Friday, November 16, 2012

Will Tyler Diep Ask for Recount?

With less than a thousand ballots left to count,  Tyler Diep is trailing Diana Carey by 258 votes.   The clock is about to strike at midnight for Diep.  What would he do?  It is understandable that he would lose the Sergio Contreras but to an unknown Diana Carey.  Even worst, he lost the seat as an incumbent.

On the bright side,  he is young, has a lot money,  so he can always bounce back 2 years from now.  However, by losing, he just opens doors to other Vietnamese-American candidates in 2014.








CITY OF WESTMINSTER Member, City Council
Number To Vote For: 2
Completed Precincts: 57 of 57


Vote Count Percentage
SERGIO CONTRERAS 11,324 25.9%
DIANA CAREY 8,703 19.9%
TYLER DIEP 8,445 19.3%
CHARLIE NGUYEN MANH CHI 7,432 17.0%
HELENA RUTKOWSKI 2,868 6.6%
KHAI DAO 2,554 5.8%
AL P. KRIPPNER 2,436 5.6%

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

300 Votes Separate Carey from Diep

With 2,600 ballots left to count,  the incumbent Tyler Diep is closing the gap on Diana Carey.   This race will go down to the wire with now only 300 votes separate the two candidates



CITY OF WESTMINSTER Member, City Council
Number To Vote For: 2
Completed Precincts: 57 of 57

Vote Count Percentage
SERGIO CONTRERAS 10,971 26.0%
DIANA CAREY 8,454 20.0%
TYLER DIEP 8,144 19.3%
CHARLIE NGUYEN MANH CHI 7,111 16.8%
HELENA RUTKOWSKI 2,791 6.6%
KHAI DAO 2,422 5.7%
AL P. KRIPPNER 2,361 5.6%

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Tyler Diep Lost City Council Race - A Shocker




With little more than four thousand ballots left,  the incumbent Tyler Diep (Diep Mien Truong)  is trailing Diana Carey by 650 votes.


The chances for him to pull out a last minute miracle is slim since his Vietnamese-American votes are being diluted with Charlie Nguyen and Khai Dao. In the last 5 days after the election, he hardly gains any ground against Carey.

If the trend holds, his lost would be an out of this world shocker for he is an incumbent with a loaded campaign chest of $150,000.   LSI could not remember when a last time an incumbent city council lost in Westminster.   But on the other, Tyler Diep probably knew he is not popular already when earlier this year he dropped out of the state assembly race in a district where Asian-Americans make up a strong voting bloc. 

This unexpected event then begs the question  whether he would be appointed by the city council to replace the seat left open by Tri Ta as he becomes the newly-elected mayor. 

Tri Ta owed his mayoral victory to the endorsement and support of the popular ex-Mayor Rice.  She went out of her way to not support Tyler Diep.

Just a pont of reference, the Vietnamese-American community in OC never really cares for Tyler Diep.  He is deemed to be controversial and arrogant, especially with the leaks on how he abused his seat to get special treatments.    It did not help that he was an underling of Van Tran, an ex-assemblyman who lost his congressional bid to Loretta Sanchez in 2008 in a landslide.

After Tran's defeat,  his "Gang of Seven"  lost their political leverage and saw their power and influence dwindle further in Little Saigon  due to infighting.   Andy Quach and Tyler Diep Truong denounced against each other publicly as they fought to protect their consulting businesses.  

Like most small cities, the city council job is a part time position.  They are allowed to operate consulting operation  to help business owners getting permits and other paperwork applications. 

Ta Duc Tri and Tyler Diep are still friends but they know that they will have to leverage their political capital wisely are else it will hurt both.



CITY OF WESTMINSTER Member, City Council
Number To Vote For: 2
Completed Precincts: 57 of 57


Vote Count Percentage
SERGIO CONTRERAS 10,407 26.3%
DIANA CAREY 8,128 20.5%
TYLER DIEP 7,478 18.9%
CHARLIE NGUYEN MANH CHI 6,446 16.3%
HELENA RUTKOWSKI 2,690 6.8%
AL P. KRIPPNER 2,273 5.7%
KHAI DAO 2,196 5.5%

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