Stephen Mensinger Announces Endorsement of Kelly Ernby for Assembly



Stephen Mensinger Announces Endorsement of Kelly Ernby for Assembly

Former Costa Mesa Mayor Stephen Mensinger endorses Kelly Ernby in the race for California’s 74th Assembly District

(Costa Mesa, CA) – Former Costa Mesa Mayor Stephen Mensinger today announced his endorsement of Kelly Ernby in the race for the 74th Assembly District.

“I thoroughly endorse Deputy District Attorney Kelly Ernby in her race to return common sense leadership to the 74th Assembly District,” said Mensinger. “Kelly will support the pro-business, pro-taxpayer policies that Orange County citizens desperately need to combat decades of expensive, overbearing Democrat spending plans. She has already pledged to oppose all tax increases if elected to Assembly – a bold step in the right direction for returning fiscal responsibility to the legislature.” 

Stephen Mensinger served on Costa Mesa City Council from January of 2011 to December of 2016. In 2014 he was elected Mayor of Costa Mesa. As a long time private sector executive, Stephen has applied private sector disciplines to public sector problems. Stephen balanced the city budget 6 straight years. During his tenure as Mayor, the City had the largest surplus in the City’s history.

Mensinger’s endorsement adds to the growing list of prominent supporters of Kelly Ernby for Assembly, joining Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner, Orange County Assessor Claude Parrish, former State Board of Equalization Chair Diane Harkey, former Orange County Supervisor & Assemblyman (AD74) Jim Silva, Assemblyman Phillip Chen, Assemblyman Vince Fong, Mission Viejo Mayor Greg Raths, Huntington Beach Mayor Erik Peterson, Irvine Mayor Christina Shea and many other community leaders and former elected officials.

“Stephen has decades of experience tackling fiscal inefficiency in government and in the private sector,” said Ernby. “I am proud to have his endorsement, and I am looking forward to seeking his guidance on how I can best serve the financial interests of Orange County’s businesses and taxpayers in the Assembly.”

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


Mike Foster