Challenger Dixon and Incumbent Petrie-Norris are Only AD-74 Candidates to Meet Signatures-in-Lieu Deadline
Orange County, California (November 7, 2019) – The Orange County Registrar of Voters confirmed that Diane Dixon (R-Newport Beach) has submitted enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot for the 74th Assembly District. She is challenging freshman Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) for the seat.
According to the Registrar of Voters, Dixon and Petrie-Norris were the only candidates to meet yesterday’s legal deadline to submit signatures-in-lieu for the 74th Assembly District. With signatures-in-lieu submitted as her nomination signatures, Dixon only has to take the candidacy oath and submit her ballot designation worksheet, filing fee, and Form 700 to complete the legal requirements to qualify for the ballot.
With the nomination signatures completed, Dixon’s focus continues to be on fundraising to ensure she has the resources necessary to communicate to voters in order to defeat Petrie-Norris one year from now. According to campaign finance reports filed by state candidates in the last reporting period, Dixon is the best-funded challenger running against an Assembly incumbent in the entire state, regardless of party. She also outraised 42 Assembly incumbents, including 31 Democrats and 11 Republicans. Dixon also raised more than the majority of the incumbent Republicans in Orange County’s legislative delegation did.
Of all the California Assembly districts held by a Democrat, the 74th District is the only one with a Republican voter registration advantage. There are 6 sitting Republican Assemblymembers who hold seats with weaker Republican registration advantages or even Democratic registration advantages.
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 two dozen 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, 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.