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Statements of Support

“The working men and women of IBEW Local 441 are thrilled to announce our strong endorsement of Harley Rouda’s campaign for Congress. He’s got a pro-jobs, pro-worker, pro-middle class agenda for Washington and that’s precisely what need more of in Congress. We are confident that Harley is the best choice for working people because he’ll push hard for livable wages, local hire, more investments in infrastructure projects that create good paying jobs and universal healthcare coverage. We’re proud to stand with Harley.”

—Richard Samaniego, Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 441

“Glad to endorse Harley’s candidacy for Congress."

— Erwin Chemerinsky, founder of the University of California (UC) Irvine Law School and current University of California (UC) Berkeley Law School Dean

“With it being a true benefit for our county, state, and nation having Harley Rouda a member of Congress, I endorse him to the nth degree!! His focus is very much about working for all our citizens and their ages regarding what they need and when they should need it!! Every different element from the environment and education to a living wage and to have healthcare, Harley Rouda will be voting for what should be done at every time and place regarding our citizens benefits. We must have a congressman who will reside in a manner that upgrades each aspect of the United States for all races, ethnicities and genders in a truly focused way!! With all that being said, we very much will receive a resource in every way, shape, and form with him being elected!!”

—Centralia School District Board of Trustee- Steve Harris, M.ED

“I’m proud to endorse Harley Rouda for Congress because I know he’ll work to bring common sense and progress to Washington. He’ll fight to increase investments in our local neighborhood schools, while advocating for tough environmental protections to safeguard the future for California’s children. I know that he will work to make access to higher education more accessible for all. We need a major overhaul in Washington and it begins right here in the 48th District with Harley Rouda. He is the best candidate to bring the bold change we need.”

— Ocean View School District Board of Trustees President Gina Clayton-Tarvin

“Orange County Democrats need to put up the strongest, most viable and best candidate possible if we’re going to have any chance to flip the 48th District red-to-blue. I’ve just described a few of the reasons why I’m proud to give my wholehearted support to Harley Rouda for Congress. He’s clearly not a politician or someone who has played the political chessboard throughout his career. Frankly, that’s refreshing and exactly what we, as Orange County Democrats, need in order to be as competitive as possible in the 2018 election. I’m spoken with Harley and believe that he’ll be a champion for the environment, for women’s reproductive healthcare, for pay equality, compassionate immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship, for working people, livable wages, and against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act as well as off-shore oil drilling. Harley’s got my strong support and I encourage all Orange County Democrats to join me in backing his campaign for Congress.”

— Orange County Democratic Party Chair Frank Barbaro (Ret.)

“We need more common sense, problem-solving leaders in Washington, and I believe Harley Rouda embodies these qualities and more. His wide-ranging background in business combined with his vision for a Congress that works to find solutions to key issues, like tackling climate change, creating more good paying middle class jobs, advancing equality and improving peoples’ quality of life represents exactly what we need more of from our representatives in the House of Representatives. For these reasons I’m pleased to give Harley Rouda my endorsement of his campaign for Congress.”

— California Attorney General Bill Lockyer (Ret)

“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%.”

— Laguna Beach Mayor Toni Iseman

“I’m endorsing Harley Rouda because I know he’ll bring common sense, inclusivity, and progress to Washington for the people of our district. He’s smart and has a vision for Washington that we need- more investments in clean energy, education, job-training, increased access to healthcare, comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship and stronger alliances with our allies abroad. I know he will make us proud as our Congressman from the 48th district.”

— Laguna Beach Democratic Club President Dr. Gary LeFebvre*

“I met with Harley Rouda and believe he’ll be a true champion for working people. He supports livable wages, protections for workers’ rights and he understands that the debate about climate change is over and that it’s critical we address this issue head on. Harley also recognizes that the Affordable Care Act should be protected and enhanced, because while it might not be perfect, it was nonetheless groundbreaking and extended access and healthcare coverage to millions of Americans who otherwise wouldn’t have had it. Furthermore, Harley is a steadfast supporter of protecting Medicare and Social Security and keeping the promises made to our seniors. For far too long, Orange County’s 48th District has been represented by an extremist. We are proud to endorse Harley Rouda for Congress because we know he’ll bring common sense and progress to Washington for workers and all the people of the 48th District.”

— Robert Smith, Political Director for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 36

“As friends of Harley and Kaira Rouda for six years we are 100% behind Harley’s candidacy for the 48th Congressional District. When Harley first sat down with us and shared his plan to declare his run against Dana Rohrabacher, we were absolutely thrilled. In this acrimonious and divisive time in U.S. politics, Harley is the common sense type of individual that we need to represent the 48th in Washington. Harley is intelligent, thoughtful, and a methodical critical thinker. He will be a committed civil servant that will welcome feedback and provide access to his constituents. As a surfing family who’s deep connection to the ocean and to coastal living (since the early 70’s), we vehemently believe in Harley’s stance on preserving our California coast and in his progressive environmental agenda. We strongly support and endorse Harley Rouda for the 48th Congressional District. Out with Rohrobacher in with Rouda!!”

— Gary and Carol Crane, Newport Beach

“The current state of politics requires a major makeover. We cannot sit back and watch our government disintegrate, and simply complain about it. I’ve gotten to know Harley Rouda, and am excited about what I see. He represents all the good qualities of an outsider with a successful business career without the negatives that have us all questioning whether that really is where our future leaders reside. Harley is smart, compassionate, committed to serving others before himself and willing to listen and continue to learn. As a retired corporate CEO and having served on the Boards of public companies and non profit organizations, I have seen and evaluated talent more times than I can count. Harley exhibits precisely the qualities that spell success. He has my full support in his quest to unseat Dana Rohrabacher and appropriately represent the 48th Congressional District.”

— Jon Firestone, Laguna Beach

“It didn’t take me long to know that Harley represents the change we need in Washington to redirect our country from its current path. His combination of humanism with fiscal responsibility and common sense are precisely what we need to right the ship.”

— Saul Pinto, Laguna Beach

“We must defeat Dana Rohrabacher and take back the House in 2018! Harley Rouda is our man to do this and I am proud to give him my endorsement. Harley Rouda has the right values and will fight for us in DC. He believes in science, will protect our environment, fight for quality public education, affordable health care and protect human rights including a woman’s right to make her own reproductive decisions and all people’s right to marry those they love. I know Harley personally, he is a man of his word, has a wonderful family and works hard to create the kind of world we want for future generations. He cares, he listens and he is smart.

— Rita Conn, Laguna Beach

“Harley is the positive change in leadership that we so desperately need. Harley IS Orange County.”

–Donna Piskun, Laguna Beach


Washington is in desperate need of real, meaningful, and lasting change.
Our country and our people deserve better.

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