May 2, 2019

Kelly Ernby Launches Campaign for State Assembly (AD-74)

Huntington Beach, CA – Republican Kelly Ernby, Orange County Deputy District Attorney, announced today that she is running for California's 74th State Assembly district. The seat is currently represented by Democrat Cottie Petrie-Norris. 

“Today, encouraged by my family, friends, and so many amazing and supportive members of our community, I'm proud to launch my campaign for the 74th Assembly district,” Ernby said. “I’m stepping forward to fight for Orange County families who deserve a genuine, proven leader who will make California pro-business, pro-taxpayer and affordable again, and I will work tirelessly as your advocate to improve the economy, ensure our laws are enforced to protect law-abiding citizens, and fight to keep California’s air, land and water clean. 

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).

Former incumbent Matthew Harper (R) lost to Petrie-Norris in 2018 by 5%, while Republicans had previously won the seat in each of the last three cycles (Harper defeated his Democrat opponent by 12% in 2016). Petrie-Norris’s victory as a Democrat in 2018 was an anomaly for the district. Ernby, a pro-business, pro-taxpayer, political outsider, with over 16 years of legal experience, including more than 7 as a local prosecutor, will be able to provide a clear contrast with Petrie-Norris’s radical voting record.

About Kelly Ernby:

Assembly candidate Kelly Ernby is a proven fighter for Orange County families. A Deputy District Attorney, Kelly serves as an Environmental and Consumer Protection prosecutor. Kelly’s broad experience as a prosecutor includes both criminal and civil prosecutions – she has litigated some of the most serious and complex cases in the areas of the environment, consumer protection, labor violations, and fraud.  

As a Deputy DA, Kelly has protected consumers against false advertising and other illegal business practices, including unlicensed practice of medicine, excessive opioid prescribing and pill dealing, predatory towing, water pollution and other serious environmental violations.  She demanded and got justice for the families of workers fatally injured in criminally unsafe working conditions. 

Kelly is well respected among her colleagues – she has trained prosecutors around the state for the California District Attorneys Association, and authored several publications about consumer protection and environmental prosecution.  She helps at-risk youth by visiting classrooms and encouraging students to stay away from gangs. 

Kelly’s passion for helping others was also evident during her previous career as an accomplished big firm private sector business litigator.  While working to defend businesses in all sectors of the economy, she also devoted countless volunteer hours to help the community through pro bono legal work for disadvantaged communities, battered women, and non-profits, and has been recognized for her volunteer work by The American Jewish Committee and The State Bar of California. 

Kelly earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2002.  Kelly has since earned a Masters of Public Administration from USC in 2013.

Kelly is a California native, the daughter of two enlisted members of the U.S. Navy. Growing up in a military family has instilled in Kelly deep respect for the men and women who fight for our freedom, and a passion for public service.  Her brother served as a Marine and recently moved to Texas after being priced out of California. Kelly is married to a Swedish immigrant, Axel Mattias Ernby, and the two are dedicated puppy parents to Nixon, a 130-pound Bernese Mountain Dog.  Kelly has lived in Laguna Beach and Newport Beach, and now the Ernbys have made Huntington Beach their permanent home.  They remain active in their community and attend Mariner’s Church in Irvine.  

Supported strongly by local community leaders, Kelly pledged to win the race for the 74th Assembly District, to make California pro-business, pro-taxpayer and affordable again, and to improve the economy, ensure our laws are enforced to protect law abiding citizens, and fight to keep California’s air, land and water clean.