Van Tran Announces Endorsement of Kelly Ernby for Assembly



Van Tran Announces Endorsement of Kelly Ernby for Assembly

Former Assemblyman Van Tran endorses Kelly Ernby in the race for California’s 74th Assembly District

(Huntington Beach, CA) – Former Assemblyman Van Tran (AD-68) today announced his endorsement of Kelly Ernby for State Assembly.

“I endorse Kelly Ernby for State Assembly because I believe that she will be an advocate for government accountability, reducing barriers to business, and meaningful tax reform,” said Van Tran. “Orange County needs a leader like Kelly Ernby to represent them in Sacramento.”

Elected to California’s 68th Assembly District in 2004, Van Tran was the first Vietnamese American to serve in a state legislature. Tran was reelected to three full terms before he retired due to term limitation in 2010. Tran also served as the Assistant Republican Leader of the California Assembly during his tenure. Van Tran was born in Saigon, South Vietnam and emigrated with his family to the United States after being evacuated by the United States Army when he was 10 years old.

Van Tran’s endorsement adds to the growing list of prominent supporters of Kelly Ernby for Assembly, joining Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner, former State Board of Equalization Chair Diane Harkey, Assemblyman Phillip Chen, Mission Viejo Mayor Greg Raths, Huntington Beach Mayor Erik Peterson, Irvine Mayor Christina Shea and many other community leaders and former elected officials.

“I am thrilled to accept the endorsement of former Assemblyman Van Tran,” said Kelly Ernby. “During his time in the Assembly, Van Tran fought to ensure that California remained a safe, affordable, and prosperous state. If elected to represent the 74th District, I will support policies that advance these goals.”

Kelly Ernby is a pro-business, pro-taxpayer, political outsider with over 16 years of legal experience, including more than seven as a local prosecutor. As a deputy district attorney, Ernby has litigated some of the most serious and complex cases in the areas of the environment, consumer protection, labor violations, and fraud. Ernby is a California native, the daughter of two enlisted members of the U.S. Navy and the sister to a Marine. Ernby now resides in Huntington Beach with her husband.

The 74th district encompasses the beach towns of Huntington, Newport, and Laguna as well as Costa Mesa, Laguna Woods, and Irvine. Republicans have a 4% voter registration advantage in the district (35% Rep, 31% Dem, 30% NPP).

To learn more about Kelly and her campaign for State Assembly, visit

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Mike Foster