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Women In Leadership Endorses Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley for State Senate


Katrina Foley

COSTA MESA, CA – Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley announced today she earned the coveted endorsement from Women In Leadership (WIL) in her race for State Senate District 37. Based in Orange County, WIL is a bi-partisan political action group committed to electing women who share their commitment to women’s rights and freedoms in reproductive health.

“Katrina has been a champion for women her entire career. As a working mom, small business owner, former School Board Member, City Council Member and now as Mayor of Costa Mesa, she has shown the strong work ethic, fearlessness and forward-thinking vision that we need in our next State Senator. We are proud to endorse Mayor Katrina Foley for State Senate,” WIL Endorsement Chair, Lorraine Prinksy, Ph.D, said in a statement.

Since announcing her campaign just weeks ago, Mayor Katrina Foley has racked up the following endorsements:


  • Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers 1794 COPE
  • Women In Leadership (WIL)
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36

Elected & City Leaders:

  • U.S. Congressman Harley Rouda
  • State Senator and Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, Connie Leyva
  • State Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris
  • State Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva
  • 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*
  • Costa Mesa Planning Commissioner Carla Navarro Woods *
  • Costa Mesa Parks Commission Chair Liz McNabb*
  • Costa Mesa Parks Commissioner Leah Erhslyo*
  • Huntington Beach City Councilmember Jill Hardy
  • Huntington Beach City Councilmember Kim Carr
  • Huntington Beach Mayor Debbie Cook (Ret.)
  • Huntington Beach City Councilmember Connie Boardman (Ret.)
  • Huntington Beach City Councilmember Joe Shaw (Ret.)
  • Huntington Beach City Mayor Keith Bohr (Ret.)
  • Laguna Beach City Councilmember Sue Kempf
  • Laguna Beach City Councilmember Peter Blake
  • Laguna Beach Mayor Paul Freeman (Ret.)
  • Coast Community College District Board of Trustees’ President Lorraine Prinsky
  • Coast Community College District Board of Trustees’ Vice President Jerry Patterson, also former U.S. Congressman and past Mayor of Santa Ana
  • Coast Community College District Board of Trustees’ Clerk Jim Moreno
  • Coast Community College District Board of Trustees’ Member Mary Hornbuckle, also former Costa Mesa Mayor

Community Leaders:

  • Democratic Foundation of Orange County Chair, Dan Jacobson*
  • Democratic Foundation of Orange County Vice Chair, Michael Penn*
  • California State University Fullerton (CSUF) Professor Dr. Scott Spitzer
  • Rabbi Marcia Tilchin
  • Olive Tree Initiative’s Susan Seely*

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. Helping propel her triumph is the fact that for the first time in its 60-year history, Costa Mesa’s voter registration numbers now show more registered Democrats than any other political party within the city. 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.

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.