State Assembly District 72 Candidate Judie Mancuso Wins Primary

Judie Mancuso

Mancuso Heads to November General Election Against Career Politician Diane Dixon

Laguna Beach, CA – Nonprofit founder and CEO, and businesswoman Judie Mancuso, Democrat for the 72nd State Assembly District (AD) advances to the November General election after coming out on top in Tuesday’s primary. Mancuso, the California Democratic Party’s (CDP) endorsed candidate, will face perennial candidate Republican Diane Dixon in the November 8th General Election, who was rejected by Orange County voters in 2020.

“I am thankful to the voters in Assembly District 72 who put their confidence in me during this primary election,” said Mancuso. “As the founder of a nonprofit and a business leader, I know how to get things done. But for too long, career politicians like Diane Dixon have stood in the way of progress. Over the next several months I look forward to listening to and talking with the voters of the 72nd district. Now is not the time for political games, and I know the voters of the 72nd district share my priorities to protect our environment, defend women’s rights, and get guns off our streets and out of our schools. I look forward to a spirited debate with Councilwoman Dixon and to hear why she believes the same agenda Orange County voters rejected two years ago would be appealing in 2022.”

Mancuso has been endorsed by a wide array of community leaders and organizations in Orange County, Southern California and across the state including Governor Gavin Newsom and Congresswoman Katie Porter, Planned Parenthood, Jane Fonda’s Climate PAC, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club, and Moms Demand Action.

“Judie Mancuso has dedicated her life to standing up for those who need it the most. She is a champion who has stood up to the special interests and will be a tireless fighter for our community. In the Assembly, Judie will continue being a voice for the voiceless and I am proud to endorse her,” stated current Congresswoman Katie Porter of Congressional District (CD) 45, who won her primary election in a landslide against her Republican opponent, for the newly drawn CD 47, which overlaps with Mancuso’s AD 72.

Mancuso is the founder, CEO, and president of Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL), a 501(c)(4) political advocacy nonprofit founded in 2007 that sponsors and supports landmark legislation to protect and save people, animals, and the environment. Under her direction, SCIL has spearheaded over 50 state bills – including 19 that have been signed into law. Mancuso, a former two-term appointed member of the California Veterinary Medical Board and the current vice chair of the Laguna Beach Environmental Sustainability Committee, was named one of the top 10 of the top 100 most influential people in Orange County in 2019 by the Orange County Register.

A full list of endorsers includes:

Elected Officials

Governor Gavin Newsom
Attorney General Rob Bonta
California State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond
Congressmember Ted Lieu
Congressmember Katie Porter
Former Congressmember Harley Rouda
State Senator Bill Dodd
State Senator Connie Leyva
State Senator Dave Min
State Senator Anthony Portantino
State Senator Henry Stern
Former State Senator Dean Florez
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
Assemblymember Richard Bloom
Assemblymember Wendy Carillo
Assemblymember Laura Friedman
Assemblymember Ash Kalra
Assemblymember Brian Maienschein
Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian
Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris
Assemblymember Miguel Santiago
Former Assemblymember Mike Gatto
Former Assemblymember Jose Solorio
Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley
Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer
Huntington Beach City Councilmember Kim Carr
Huntington Beach City Councilmember Natalie Moser
Laguna Beach Mayor Sue Kempf
Laguna Beach Mayor Pro Tem Bob Whalen
Laguna Beach City Councilmember Toni Iseman
Laguna Beach City Councilmember George Weiss
Aliso Viejo Mayor Ross Chun
Seal Beach Mayor Joe Kalmick
Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield
Los Angeles City Councilmember Kevin de Leon
Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz
Former Irvine City Councilmember Melissa Fox
Artesia City Councilmember Ali Sajjad Taj
Huntington Beach Union High School District Trustee Bonnie Castrey
*Titles for identification purposes only

Community Leaders

Santa Barbara Architectural Heritage Commission, Gretchen Lieff
Former President, Veterinary Medical Board, Linda Starr
Former Member, Veterinary Medical Board, Dr. Richard Johnson


Aliso Niguel Democratic Club
Asian Americans in Action
California Democratic Party
California Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus
Canyon Democrats
Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund
Community Action Fund of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties
Democratic Women of South Orange County
Democrats for the Protection of Animals
Jane Fonda Climate PAC
Laguna Woods Democratic Club
Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate Distinction
National Women’s Political Caucus of California
Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club
Seal Beach Leisure World Democratic Club
Sierra Club
Women in Leadership

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