Garrett Wada Running for La Palma City Council


Garrett Wada


LA PALMA — Three candidates have filed nomination papers for two City Council seats for the La Palma general municipal election to be held on Nov. 6.

Nitesh P. Patel, entrepreneur/executive; Michele Steggell, La Palma City Council member/Realtor; and Garrett Scott Wada, optometrist/businessman, all filed the required paperwork before the deadline.

The three candidates are seeking seats currently filled by Michele Steggell and Kathy Flachmeier. The filing period for City Council nominations began July 16, and, pursuant to California Elections Code, was extended from Aug. 10 to Aug. 15 due to Flachmeier’s decision as an incumbent to not seek election.

Elections for the City Council are held every two years and terms for the five at-large seats are staggered. Therefore, all five seats are not up for election during the same election year.

Ranked by Money Magazine in 2007, 2011, 2013, and 2015 as one of “America’s Best Places to Live,” La Palma is a 1.9-square-mile general-law city in northwest Orange County, consisting of 15,568 residents and approximately 300 commercial and industrial businesses. The city was incorporated in 1955 under the name of Dairyland and has 55 full-time and 35 part-time employees.

About Garrett Wada

A native of La Mirada, Dr. Wada resides in La Palma and is married to Lea Delacruz-Wada. They have four children, Matthew, M