Newport Beach, CA – – Newport Beach City Councilwoman Diane Dixon will run for the State Assembly in the newly drawn 72nd district, she announced today. The new district includes the most Republican portions of the old AD74, where Dixon won overwhelmingly in her 2020 race against incumbent Cottie Petrie-Norris winning by almost 13 percentage points.
“After speaking with Diane Dixon and I’m excited that she has made the decision to jump into the Assembly race for the newly drawn 72nd Assembly District,” said Chairman Fred Whitaker. “Diane Dixon has proven that she is a fearless campaigner and was a top-performing nominee in 2020 for the old Assembly District 74. This makes Diane the best candidate to represent the Republican Party in this new district which is largely the same and she has my personal endorsement”*
Diane Dixon responded stating, “Our new district needs a representative who reflects the common-sense conservative values of the people who live here,” said Dixon. “I will be a strong voice for a less intrusive state government, with lower taxes, balanced budgets that spend less and enhance public safety.
“Gavin Newsom and Sacramento Democrats are working overtime to dismantle local control over zoning, housing, business practices, criminal justice and personal liberties. I will fight them every step of the way to preserve local control.”
Diane Dixon spent 40 years in the private sector as a business executive before being elected to the Newport Beach City Council in 2014. Fiscal responsibility and government transparency have been the hallmarks of her time at City Hall. Diane’s leadership has helped her city deliver budget surpluses, pay down pension liabilities, improve public safety, and complete infrastructure projects on time and within budget.
A regional leader, Diane is the immediate past President of the Association of California Cities-Orange County. Diane has been an active member on several philanthropic community-based boards of directors for nearly four decades, including United Way Orange County, YMCA, and the USC Board of Councilors and Alumni Association. She earned her Bachelor of Arts with honors in political science from the University of Southern California. Diane has been married for 46 years to Pat Dixon, a career prosecutor who currently serves as Special Counsel to the Orange County District Attorney. Diane and Pat’s daughter, Colleen, is a former prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Colleen and her husband, Graves, are the parents of Diane and Pat’s three grandsons.
Note: Fred Whitaker’s personal endorsement does not imply the endorsement of the Republican Party of Orange County.