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

Costa Mesa, CA – Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley has won the special election for Orange County’s Second Supervisorial District. Foley defeated a field of four candidates to become the first Democratic woman to ever be elected to the board and the first Democrat to represent District #2 in 127 years.

In response to the election results, Foley released the following statement:
“I’m humbled by the support we received tonight and grateful for the confidence voters have placed in me. The challenges we face are serious, but I know that they are no match for the strength and resiliency of Orange County’s residents. There is much work to be done as it relates to speeding up the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, helping local businesses recover, making county government more transparent, and protecting the things that make Orange County such a special place to live. I can’t wait to get to work.”

Election Night Results
Raw Votes Vote %
Katrina Foley 42,347 44.28%
John Moorlach 29,628 30.98%
Kevin Muldoon 10,745 11.24%
Michael Vo 8,639 9.03%
Janet Rappaport 4,266 4.46%
Total 95,625 100.00%

The Orange County Registrar of Voters estimates that there are at least another 7,802 ballots that remain to be counted in the contest.

Katrina Foley is a community leader, successful businesswoman, mother, wife, and attorney who became Costa Mesa’s first directly elected Mayor in November 2018. Foley also served as Mayor in 2016-2017, and has served Costa Mesa as a City Councilmember or Mayor for 12 years. Previously, she served on the Newport Mesa Unified School District Board of Trustees for 4 years.
As Mayor of Costa Mesa, Foley fought for and secured emergency financial assistance and loans for local small businesses struggling to keep their doors open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her leadership helped many businesses, including South Coast Plaza, find creative ways to safely reopen.

Foley is President of The Foley Group, PLC, which is located in Costa Mesa after 20 years 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.

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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  1. I hope Foley can counter some of the horrible policies put forth by Gavin Newsom that resulted in a multitude of business failures in the state. I’m counting on her to have a better grasp of what it takes to balance the precautions needed for COVID safety vs. allowing businesses to operate. Recall Newsom Now!

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