Dustin Apodaca, Indie Band Frontman, Seeks to Strike a Chord With Anaheim Council Voters

Categories: OC Media, Politics
The upcoming Anaheim City Council race, which has already seen the entry of a write-in candidate who impersonates Mickey Mouse, has on the official ballot an office-seeker who lists his occupation as "musician."

He's Dustin Apodaca, frontman of the soon-to-be defunct, indie-folk-rock Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, who--after the jump--has his election platform examined by Gabriel San Roman (whose post also went up earlier today on the Weekly's Heard Mentality blog).

Heard Mentality: interview
Will Anaheim Voters Put Their "Trust in Dustin?"
By Gabriel San Roman

With less than two weeks away until election time, more than a dozen candidates are vying for two open seats on the Anaheim City Council. Dustin Apodaca, frontman of Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, is the only one listed as "musician" under official ballot designations.

The charismatic 28-year old vocalist and keyboardist for the soon-to-be defunct band also declined to give an official candidate statement, and when pressed for a website about his candidacy, he replied to the Weekly, "Sorry, no website. Grassroots only."


A slick campaign poster that rivals fellow Anaheim City Council hopeful Bill Dalati's electoral swag in style points asks the city's voters to "Trust in Dustin" just the same. The former Katella High School student does have a brief biography on his Google profile, however, that reveals a little more about his motivation to seek office. 

In it Apodaca notes, "I was born and raised in Anaheim, and I have witnessed this city change and grow over the last 28 years. It is time to elect someone who isn't a political insider but an Anaheim native who is in touch with the city's needs in tough economic times." 

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