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Petrie-Norris leads opposition in campaign money reported for 74th Assembly race

Fundraising reports filed Wednesday with the Secretary of State’s office for California’s 74th Assembly District show that Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris begins her first re-election bid with a significant fundraising advantage over her two declared opponents. 

Since the beginning of the year, Petrie-Norris has raised $613,588 compared to Diane Dixon’s total of $207,789, and Kelly Ernby’s total of $72,433. Petrie-Norris also leads in the cash on hand category by a margin of more than three-to-one over Dixon and more than 10-to-one over Ernby. 

Petrie Norris Dixon Ernby

(L-R) Cottie Petrie-Norris, Diane Dixon and Kelly Ernby

 “Our strong fundraising numbers reflect the support our campaign has earned from individuals, businesses and organizations throughout Orange County,” stated Petrie-Norris. “Thanks to donations of all amounts – I am confident we will have the resources to run a sophisticated and effective campaign; one that is focused on the progress we are making on critical issues such as housing and homelessness, climate change, public safety and economic development. I look forward to continuing this momentum as we head toward next fall’s election.”

Petrie-Norris was elected to represent California’s 74th Assembly District in 2018. Over the course of her first year in office, she has introduced more than a dozen bills, including important legislation to combat sea-level rise, improve services for veterans, expand access to birth control, and save small business owners money. As part of the 2019-2020 State Budget, Petrie-Norris secured $4.5 million to help the Orange County Fire Authority’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance project protect Southern California from wildfires and $2.9 million to end Veteran homelessness in Orange County. 

Dixon currently serves as mayor of Newport Beach. 

“I am humbled by the outpouring of support since I started my campaign,” said Dixon. “It is clear Republicans are unifying behind me, and I look forward to a fully unified Republican effort to take this seat back from the Democrats and reduce the supermajority.

“By raising more money than any other non-incumbent running for an Orange County Assembly seat, I am in the best position to be able to unseat a sitting OC Assembly member.”

Ernby, the third candidate in the race, is from Huntington Beach and is a deputy district attorney in Orange County.