Lisa Bartlett Gains High-Level Support

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Lisa Bartlett Gains High-Level Support

Bid for County Office Gains High-Level Support

The campaign by Dana Point’s Lisa Bartlett for a seat on the county Board of Supervisors received a boost this week in an endorsement by several fellow elected officials, including Laguna Beach’s mayor.

Bartlett aims to succeed Pat Bates, the former founding mayor of Laguna Niguel, who currently holds the Fifth District supervisorial seat. In February she announced her candidacy for State Senate in the 36th District, which spans Rancho Santa Margarita to Encinitas.

Among the top issues in the Fifth District’s 276 square miles, which include Laguna Beach and 15 other south county communities, are transportation, water quality, harbor revitalization and immigration. The supervisors annually oversee a budget of $5.6 billion.

Republicans hold a significant voter registration edge in the Fifth District, 46.6 percent compared to 26.7 percent Democrats, according to the county registrar.

Laguna’s Mayor Kelly Boyd joined five other mayors in endorsing Bartlett’s bid to replace Bates for the county office, her campaign announced. Bartlett was appointed Dana Point’s mayor this past Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Besides Boyd, mayors in Aliso Viejo, Brea, San Juan Capistrano, Placentia and Bartlett’s predecessor in Dana Point endorsed her bid. “She is constantly fighting to improve our economy and the standard of living for Dana Point residents,” said San Juan’s Mayor John Taylor.

A real estate broker and 24-year Dana Point resident, Bartlett is serving her second term on the council, which oversees a population of 33,000 residents and a $29 million general fund budget.

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