In yet another sign of the increasing momentum behind her campaign for State Senate District 37, Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley garnered an important endorsement from the California Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus.
In a statement released following the announced endorsement, California Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus’ Chair Senator Connie Leyva remarked:
“Throughout her career in public service, Katrina Foley has been an unyielding champion for women’s empowerment and our right to choose in Orange County. Her unmatched combination of extensive experience in government, coupled with her zeal and experience advocating for victims of sexual harassment and discrimination as an attorney, make her best equipped to advance the cause of women’s rights and equality for all. The California Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus is excited to support a candidate for State Senate who will work tirelessly to uplift women throughout California and defend their rights.”
Foley has been an ardent promoter of gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout her life, including her advocacy for free early child education for all and her role in ushering in a majority woman city council and hiring the first woman city manager in Costa Mesa history. In law school, Katrina established the school’s first women’s resource center to serve domestic violence victims and chaired the women’s law caucus. The small clinic is now a well-established, for credit clinic run by the law school.
Recently, Foley’s campaign announced that it had topped $246,000 raised for the upcoming March primary election, significantly more than the $163,803 raised by incumbent Senator John Moorlach. The substantial haul was comprised of 472 total unique contributions in four months, with 76% donors living in the district, in addition to 64% of the donors being women.
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.
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%, and Governor Gavin Newsom won the District in 2018, 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.
This article was released by Foley for Senate 2020.