36th Governor of California Endorses Dixon
Orange County, California (June 20, 2019) – Mayor Diane Dixon (R-Newport Beach) announced today that former Governor Pete Wilson has endorsed her bid for the 74th Assembly District seat. Prior to serving in statewide office, Wilson served as Mayor of San Diego and in the California State Assembly. Dixon is challenging freshman Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach).
“I’ve known Diane Dixon for 40 years, and her no-nonsense, problem-solving approach will be a breath of fresh air in a dysfunctional State Assembly. Her leadership, especially in public safety and education, is just what we need in these challenging times for our state,” said Governor Wilson. “I proudly endorse Diane Dixon for the 74th Assembly District. The people of Orange County would be well-served in sending her to represent them in Sacramento.”
The only living Republican to have won four statewide races in California, Wilson won two terms as a United States Senator and two terms as Governor, defeating Governor Jerry Brown, Lieutenant Governor Leo McCarthy, Mayor Dianne Feinstein, and Treasurer Kathleen Brown. Wilson’s 516,811 votes in 1994 were the most votes any candidate for Governor had ever received in Orange County until Gavin Newsom’s win in 2018.
“I am so deeply honored to have Governor Wilson’s endorsement of my candidacy for State Assembly,” said Dixon. “As Mayor, State Assemblyman, U.S. Senator, and Governor of California, Pete Wilson has been one of this state’s foremost public servants, and I thank him so much for his support.”
Diane Dixon spent 40 years in the private sector as a business executive before being elected to the Newport Beach City Council in 2014. She is serving her second term as Mayor, and has served as Chair of the Water Quality and Tidelands Committee and member of the Finance Committee for nearly five years, including four years as Chair. During her tenure at City Hall, she has actively engaged city residents, holding over 23 town hall meetings, working closely with local business owners and residents to solve community problems, and initiating numerous neighborhood and community improvement programs.
An active member on several philanthropic community-based boards of directors for nearly four decades, Mayor Dixon has been married for 44 years to career prosecutor Pat Dixon, with whom she has a daughter, a former prosecutor, and three grandchildren.
The 74th Assembly District consists of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, southern Huntington Beach, and most of Irvine.
Paid for by Dixon for Assembly 2020, FPPC ID #1418525.