Fiorina Also Earns Endorsements of Four Other Local Officials
IRVINE, CA – During a press conference today at Susan’s Healthy Gourmet in Irvine, U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today earned the endorsements of Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell, the Hispanic 100, the Orange County Business Council (OCBC), the Orange County Taxpayers Association Political Action Committee (OCTaxPAC), Brea Mayor Ron Garcia, Rancho Santa Margarita Mayor Pro Tempore Tony Beall, Dana Point City Councilwoman Lisa Bartlett and Capistrano Unified School District Governing Board Member Ellen Addonizio.
“Carly Fiorina is a no-nonsense fiscal conservative who will bring real-world business experience to Washington. She is opposed to new and higher taxes, wants to cut the size and growth of government and knows that the first duty of government is to keep our borders secure and our citizens safe,” said Campbell. “Carly is also a tough campaigner, and I believe she represents the best hope for Republicans to beat Barbara Boxer. I am proud to endorse Carly Fiorina for United States Senate.”
Campbell was elected by an overwhelming majority to the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2003. Prior to his election to the Board, Campbell was a member of the California State Assembly from 1996 to 2002, where he served as Assembly Minority Leader.
“As a shining example of the American Dream, Carly Fiorina understands the critical juncture at which our nation stands. She recognizes the urgent need to invest in our nation’s economic growth so that future generations have access to the same opportunities, and that’s why we are proud to endorse her today,” said Hispanic 100 Chairman Mario Rodriguez.
The Hispanic 100’s mission is to ensure that the American Dream enjoyed by previous generations will be accessible for generations to come. The organization promotes and supports Hispanic leaders and develops and implements policies critical to the Hispanic community.
“As a businesswoman, Carly understands firsthand the challenges companies across California and the nation are experiencing during these difficult times, as well as the steps government can take to help support their continued growth and success,” said OCBC President Lucy Dunn. “Carly Fiorina knows what it takes to create jobs and build a strong economy, and she will be a steady advocate for both California’s employers and employees as a member of the United States Senate.”
The OCBC represents and promotes Orange County’s business community by working with government and academia to enhance the region’s economic development, prosperity and quality of life. OCBC represents businesses that together employ nearly 250,000 people in Orange County and 2 million people worldwide.
“Carly’s business background and leadership demonstrate that she can deliver real results for the people she serves. She has a fierce determination that she will put to work for the people of California as a member of the U.S. Senate,” said OCTaxPAC Secretary Reed Royalty. “I am confident Carly will be an ardent advocate for California’s taxpayers, and we are pleased to endorse her candidacy for U.S. Senate today.”
Founded in 1986, the OCTaxPAC works to help elect candidates who support tax policies that are fair, understandable, cost-effective and good for the economy.
Added Garcia, “Carly understands the complex issues facing our nation today, from financial regulatory reform to job creation to national security. The breadth of her life’s experience gives her a unique perspective both on these challenges and their solutions, and I believe she will be an outstanding U.S. senator.”
Prior to his election to the Brea City Council in 2006, Garcia was a member of the city’s planning commission for six years and is a veteran of the United States Navy, serving two tours in Vietnam. He is also chairman of the California League of Cities Housing Community Economic Development Policy Committee.
“Carly’s vision for California and her understanding of the needs of job creators big and small make her exactly what this state needs in the U.S. Senate,” Beall said. “She is a breath of fresh air and will shake up Washington’s politics-as-usual culture.”
Beall is currently mayor pro tempore of Rancho Santa Margarita and has served on the City Council since April 2004. He is also an elected member of the Orange County Republican Party Central Committee and serves as chairman of the Committee to Reform the Capistrano Unified School District. Prior to his election to the Council, Beall served as chair of the city’s planning commission and was a founding member of Citizens for a Safe Rancho Santa Margarita.
“Carly is a true political outsider who understands the real-world implications of the decisions made by our leaders in Washington. Now, more than ever, we need an advocate in the U.S. Senate who will fight to create jobs and grow our economy. Carly Fiorina is that candidate, and I am pleased to support her campaign to defeat Barbara Boxer,” added Bartlett.
Bartlett is a lifelong resident of Southern California and served as mayor of Dana Point last year. In addition to her service with the Dana Point City Council, Bartlett is also a licensed real estate broker and is a partner at Blue Water Realty and Investments.
“These are difficult times, and it’s critically important that our representatives in Washington understand the effects their decisions will have on the lives and livelihoods of our children and grandchildren. Carly is not a career politician, and she will help restore honesty and integrity to Washington. That’s why I am pleased to endorse her campaign for U.S. Senate today,” said Addonizio.
Addonizio was elected to the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees in 2006 as a member of the ABC Recall Slate, which championed reform in the district to restore honesty, integrity and accountability. In addition to her service on the Board, Addonizio is also a certified public accountant.
“These outstanding leaders have demonstrated their commitment to investing in California’s future, and I am pleased to have them on my team fighting to retire Barbara Boxer this November,” said Fiorina to the crowd. “On Election Day, Californians will choose to change Washington because, together, we can finally take our government back, make it listen and make it work.”
The press conference was held at Susan’s Healthy Gourmet, a small business dedicated to providing its customers with healthy, nutritious prepared meals. Since its inception in 1996, the company has expanded to employ more than 20 employees and serve more than 250,000 customers every year. Also joining Fiorina at the press conference was former California State Senator Marian Bergeson, who endorsed Fiorina’s campaign for U.S. Senate in March.