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Costa Mesa Mayor Foley Launches State Senate Bid

 

Katrina Foley of Costa Mesa with TheLiberalOC at the VIP suite (c) 2009, TheLiberalOC.com

COSTA MESA, CA — Today, Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley received broad support from her current and former Costa Mesa colleagues in her campaign for State Senate District 37. Just yesterday she rolled out endorsements from U.S. Congressman Harley Rouda and State Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris.

Those backing Costa Mesa Mayor Foley’s campaign today include:

  • Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem John Stephens
  • Costa Mesa City Councilmember Arlis Reynolds
  • Costa Mesa City Councilmember Manuel Chavez
  • Costa Mesa City Councilmember Andrea Marr
  • Costa Mesa Mayor Libby Cowan (Ret.)
  • Costa Mesa Mayor Linda Dixon (Ret.)
  • Costa Mesa Planning Commissioner Jeff Harlan*
  • Carla Navarro Woods, Costa Mesa Planning Commissioner*
  • Costa Mesa Parks Commission Chair Liz McNabb*
  • Costa Mesa Parks Commissioner Leah Erhslyo*

“Mayor Katrina Foley has proven herself as a fierce leader who is singularly focused on problem-solving and delivering results for the people she represents. I know she will build on the success of our local government experience in order to produce even more results for the people of our city as our next State Senator. I’m with Katrina Foley 100%.”
— Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem John Stephens

“With so many major issues impacting our city and state – Costa Mesa needs an experienced and tireless public servant like Mayor Foley as our voice in Sacramento. She will work day and night to get things done for the people of our city and all those across the 37th District. I’m pleased to give Katrina my wholehearted support.”
— Costa Mesa City Councilmember Arlis Reynolds

“No candidate is more qualified or better prepared to lead on behalf of the 37th Senate District than Katrina Foley. She’s extraordinarily effective, knows how to build coalitions, find common ground, and get things done. I’m delighted to endorse her for State Senate.”
— Costa Mesa City Councilmember Manuel Chavez

“The people of the 37th District need and deserve a change in Sacramento. Katrina Foley is the change candidate we need. Whether it’s working to build an economy that works for all, protecting local jobs, our environment and healthcare, or strengthening public safety and emergency response, I believe Katrina Foley is the best choice for State Senate.”
— Costa Mesa City Councilmember Andrea Marr

Since announcing her campaign earlier this week, Mayor Katrina Foley has racked up the following endorsements:

  •  U.S. Congressman Harley Rouda
  •  State Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris
  • Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem John Stephens
  • Costa Mesa City Councilmember Arlis Reynolds
  • Costa Mesa City Councilmember Manuel Chavez
  • Costa Mesa City Councilmember Andrea Marr
  • Costa Mesa Mayor Libby Cowan (Ret.)
  • Costa Mesa Mayor Linda Dixon (Ret.)
  • Costa Mesa Planning Commissioner Jeff Harlan*
  • Carla Navarro Woods, Costa Mesa Planning Commissioner*
  • Costa Mesa Parks Commission Chair Liz McNabb*
  • Costa Mesa Parks Commissioner Leah Erhslyo*

Significantly in 2016, Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump by 6-points in SD-37, winning 50% to 44%, which underscores the ripe opportunity to flip this Senate seat red-to-blue. In 2018, Foley ran a successful citywide campaign in Costa Mesa – which represents 10.1% of voters in the 37th Senate District – garnering a substantial 59.5% of the citywide vote.

Katrina Foley is a community leader, successful businesswoman, working mom and attorney who became Costa Mesa’s first directly elected Mayor in November 2018. Foley also served as Mayor in 2016-2017, and has been on the Costa Mesa City Council for 10 years. Previously, she served on the Newport Mesa Unified School District Board of Trustees from November 2010 to November 2014.

Katrina Foley is President of The Foley Group, PLC, which is located in Newport Beach. In 2001 and 2004, she  was honored by Women in Leadership and the National Association of Women Business Owners’ at the annual Remarkable Women Awards event.

Her service on local and regional boards and agencies includes the following: serving on the Travel Costa Mesa and Toll Corridor Agency Boards, and liaison to the Newport Mesa Arts Commission, Cultural Arts Committee, Bike and Walkability Committee, Pension and Finance Advisory and Special Districts Committee, as well as the Orange County Fair. As a City Councilmember from November 2004 to November 2010, Foley served as the Chair to the Redevelopment Agency and City Council liaison to the following: the Orange County Fair, Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Youth in Government Program, Child Care and Youth Services Committee, Cultural Arts Committee, and Santa Ana River Trail Blue Ribbon Committee.  She also Chaired the Coast Community College Measure M Oversight Committee and was recognized as the Orange Coast College Citizen of the Year.

Mayor Foley is a Head Start graduate who obtained her BA in English at UCLA, and law degree on a scholarship to Seattle University School of Law where she was the Chair of the Women’s Law Caucus.

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