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Laguna Beach Mayor Toni Iseman Backs Businessman Harley Rouda for Congress

LAGUNA BEACH, CA — Just over 24 hours after he entered the race to challenge incumbent U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher for California’s 48th Congressional District seat, today businessman Harley Rouda scored a highly coveted endorsement from Laguna Beach’s widely respected Mayor, Toni Iseman.

In announcing her endorsement of Harley Rouda for Congress, Laguna Beach Mayor Toni Iseman released the following statement:

“The status quo in Washington isn’t working. The ongoing dysfunction and mayhem is leading to more politics and less problem-solving. It’s time for a change that begins right here in the 48th District, and that’s exactly why I’m proud to strongly endorse businessman Harley Rouda for Congress. Harley is the real deal. He’s solutions-driven, tenacious and a fearless leader, who no doubt will put people first and politics last. We need his pragmatism and his abilities to generate consensus working on behalf of the great people of Orange County so that we can finally get things done in Washington. I’m with Harley 100%.”

Just yesterday, Harley Rouda threw his hat in the ring as an official candidate for the June 2018 primary in California’s 48th Congressional District. He previously announced his candidacy by releasing the following statement:

“Our Country deserves better from its politicians. Divisiveness, conflict, and finger pointing has to end. The time has come to embrace common sense and find common ground.

“That means we need elected officials who are ready to work together to serve their neighbors and their country, and have the energy and passion to deliver. It is time to have a congressional representative who is accessible and unifying. It is in this spirit that I am announcing my campaign for the 48th Congressional District of California. As a father of four, a husband, and a businessman, I am fully committed to serving our country and serving all of the constituents of the 48th District.

“We need new leadership that is willing to put country over party, and put service above self. We need new leadership that believes in science, climate change, and supports STEM and clean energy. We need new leadership that believes in women’s rights, human rights and liberties for all, and for all a better life. We need new leadership that supports public education for K through 12, and affordable access to higher education. And we need new leadership that is committed to bringing back our federal tax dollars and making our District the economic hallmark of our great country.

“I’m running to bring much needed common sense, fiscal responsibility, and the social pragmatism our 48th District and our country deserves. Join me, let’s send a clear message that it’s time for a change for the better and that it is time for career politicians like Rohrabacher to get a real job.

“You can make a difference. Visit and sign up and get involved. And if you are not registered to vote, don’t wait – do it now. We need you and our country needs you.”

Harley Rouda is a successful businessman who created the firm Real Living, and now serves on the board or as an advisor of firms in real estate, retail, and a variety of industries. Rouda received an MBA from The Ohio State University, and a J.D. from Capital University Law School. He lives in Laguna Beach, with his wife Kaira Rouda, a bestselling author. They have four children.

Active in numerous charities and civic organizations over the years, Harley has been involved in fighting homelessness and domestic violence; active with Human Rights Watch; supporting education for the disadvantaged as well as supporting access to higher education; saving military jobs; and working with civic organizations to drive economic development.

The 48th Congressional District is considered a ripe pickup opportunity for Democrats, as Hillary Clinton won the district by 2%. The district is seen as all the more winnable given that Rohrabacher is one of Donald Trump’s closest allies in Congress. The 48th Congressional district also had one of the largest swings of any Congressional district in the country from 2012 to 2016, with more than 13 percentage points at the presidential level shifting to Democratic.

Posted on March 3, 2017 in Press Releases.

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