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Foley gains endorsement from FundHer for State Senate Bid

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

COSTA MESA, CA – Reflecting her wide-ranging support from women in the race for California’s 37th State Senate District, today Fund Her, the first political action committee exclusively dedicated to achieving gender parity in California legislative and statewide offices, announced its endorsement of Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley.

In announcing their endorsement, Fund Her Founder and President Valerie McGinty released the following statement:

“Fund Her is proud to stand with Mayor Katrina Foley for State Senate. In her personal life and professional career, she has advocated for victims of domestic violence, worked to expand access to safe, affordable reproductive health care, championed social justice issues, and worked to combat climate change. Katrina is a leading voice for women’s equality in Orange County, and we know she will work tirelessly to promote equality in the State Senate.”

Since entering the race for State Senate District 37, Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley has built up a far-reaching coalition of support from local, state and federal leaders, organizations that represent women, classroom teachers, working families and more.

Her latest list of endorsements includes the following leaders and groups:


  • Los Angeles/Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Women In Leadership (WIL)
  • Fund Her
  • California State Council of Laborers (LiUNA)
  • Laborers (LiUNA) Local 652
  • Laborers (LiUNA) Local 300
  • United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 324
  • Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers 1794 COPE
  • Iron Workers Local 433
  • Iron Workers Local 416
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36
  • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 12
  • United Association (UA) Local 582 Plumbers and Steamfitters
  • United Association (UA) Local 250 Refrigeration Fitters and Steamfitters
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 47
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 441
  • Amalgamated Transit Unit (ATU) Local 1277
  • Plasterers’ Local 200

Elected & City Leaders:

  • U.S. Congressman Harley Rouda
  • U.S. Congresswoman Linda Sanchez
  • 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 Libby Cowan (Ret.)
  • Costa Mesa Mayor Linda Dixon (Ret.)
  • Huntington Beach Mayor Debbie Cook (Ret.)
  • Huntington Beach City Mayor Keith Bohr (Ret.)
  • Laguna Beach Mayor Paul Freeman (Ret.)
  • Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem John Stephens
  • Anaheim City Councilmember and former Anaheim Union High School District Trustee Jordan Brandman
  • Costa Mesa City Councilmember Arlis Reynolds
  • Costa Mesa City Councilmember Manuel Chavez
  • Costa Mesa City Councilmember Andrea Marr
  • Huntington Beach City Councilmember Jill Hardy
  • Huntington Beach City Councilmember Kim Carr
  • Huntington Beach City Councilmember Connie Boardman (Ret.)
  • Huntington Beach City Councilmember Joe Shaw (Ret.)
  • Ocean View School District Board of Trustees Vice President Gina Clayton-Tarvin
  • Irvine Mayor Beth Krom (Ret.)
  • Irvine City Councilmember Melissa Fox
  • Irvine Community Services Commission Chair Lauren Johnson-Norris
  • Laguna Beach City Councilmember Sue Kempf
  • Laguna Beach City Councilmember Peter Blake
  • Anaheim Community Services Board Commissioner Ashleigh E. Aitken
  • 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 Ersoylu*
  • Costa Mesa Parks Commissioner, UCI Student & ASUCI President’s Chief of Staff, Boardmember Democrats of Greater Irvine, Cassius Rutherford*
  • Coast Community College District Board of Trustees’ President Lorraine Prinsky, Ph.D.
  • 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:

  • South Orange County Labor Chair, Raymond Cordova*
  • 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
  • Dr. Marc Lerner
  • 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.