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Senator Dianne Feinstein backs Cottie Petrie-Norris for assembly


United States Senator Dianne Feinstein announced her endorsement of Cottie Petrie-Norris’s campaign for State Assembly today. Support from California’s senior Senator comes on the heels of Petrie-Norris’s strong showing in last month’s primary election.

In announcing her endorsement, Senator Feinstein released the following statement:

“Cottie Petrie-Norris is a thoughtful and experienced local leader who will get things done for coastal Orange County in the State Assembly and bring an important set of experiences and perspectives to the legislature. Most importantly, Cottie is focused on solving the problems facing California – not playing political games. I am proud to announce my endorsement of Cottie Petrie-Norris for State Assembly, and I urge you to join me in supporting this important campaign.”

Dianne Feinstein has represented California in the United States Senate since 1992. She currently serves as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and a member of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee. 

After working her way through Yale University, Petrie-Norris has had a successful 20-year career in finance and marketing. She currently serves on the Laguna Beach Housing and Human Services Committee and is active in various civic and political organizations. Petrie-Norris lives in Laguna Beach with her husband, Colin, their two sons, Dylan and Hayden, and their rescue dog, Flounder. 

Petrie-Norris is running for State Assembly in the 74th District, an emerging swing-seat in Orange County that includes all or portions of Costa Mesa, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods and Newport Beach. In 2016, Hillary Clinton carried the district by a margin of more than 7%, and incumbent Republican Assemblymember Matthew Harper only received 42% of the vote in the June primary election. Long-term registration shifts, coupled with the seat’s high number of college-educated Republicans and no party preference voters make this district a prime pickup opportunity for Democrats in 2018.

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