Reinforcing her status as the clear choice for working people in the race for State Senate District 37, Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley secured a significant endorsement from the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA). OCEA is the largest public sector union in Orange County, representing about 18,000 workers.
In a statement released following the announced endorsement, OCEA General Manager Charles Barfield commented:
“The Orange County Employees Association is proud to endorse Katrina Foley for State Senate. As Mayor of Costa Mesa and throughout her career as a public official, Katrina has fought against privatization, cutting funds for public safety, and attempts to undercut workers’ rights. We are confident that Katrina is the right choice for the working families of District 37 and look forward to supporting her campaign.”
Earlier this week, Foley garnered an important endorsement from the California Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus.
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.