Huntington Beach, California (September 26, 2019) – Republican Huntington Beach City Councilmembers Patrick Brenden, Barbara Delgleize, and Mike Posey join Orange County Treasurer Shari Freidenrich (R-Huntington Beach), former Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Tom Harman (R-Huntington Beach), and former Mayor Joe Carchio (R-Huntington Beach) in endorsing Mayor Diane Dixon (R-Newport Beach) for the 74th Assembly District seat. She is challenging freshman Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) for the seat.
“Diane Dixon is a regional leader whose pro-local control approaches respect the needs of our local Orange County communities. She has also ensured infrastructure projects stay within budget and on schedule,” said Councilwoman Delgleize, who also serves on the Board of the Orange County Transportation Authority. “I enthusiastically endorse Diane Dixon for State Assembly. Her experience and accomplishments for good government in Orange County demonstrate the common sense that is all too lacking in Sacramento.”
“Mayor Diane Dixon is a proven conservative whose record shows that she is a principled leader who can get things done. Her leadership embodies the Republican values of fiscal responsibility, limited government, and strong public safety,” said former Senator Harman, who previously served in the State Assembly and on the Huntington Beach City Council. “I know Diane Dixon is the best candidate to defeat Democrat Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, and that’s why I’m endorsing Diane for Assembly.”
“On the City Council, Diane Dixon has a proven track record of defending taxpayers. Diane has not only signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: her record proves she is a fierce opponent of tax increases and bait-and-switch tax schemes,” said Freidenrich, who sits on the $15 billion Orange County Employees Retirement System Board and previously served as the elected City Treasurer of Huntington Beach. “On the City Council, Diane has helped deliver budget surpluses and reduce pension liabilities. I am proud to endorse Diane Dixon to be our next State Assemblywoman.”
“NO ONE has ever won this race without winning Huntington Beach,” said Ann Dunsmore, fundraiser for Kelly Ernby. According to polling data, Ernby’s 2% name ID was lower there than in any other city in the 74th Assembly District.
“While the victory of Cottie Petrie-Norris of Laguna Beach may beg to differ, we appreciate Ann Dunsmore’s fondness for Huntington Beach, and we are gratified that the majority of the current Republican elected officials from Huntington Beach have joined together with former Huntington Beach Republican elected officials to support Diane Dixon for the 74th Assembly District,” said Cameron Wessel, a spokesman for Dixon. “Huntington Beach is an important part of the district, and we are proud of the support there for Diane Dixon.”
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 Diane Dixon for Assembly 2020, FPPC ID #1418525.