Curry Picks Up Former Governor's Endorsement

Former California Governor George Deukmejian endorses Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry for Assembly.

Keith Curry (Patch file photo)
Keith Curry (Patch file photo)
Former California Governor George Deukmejian has endorsed Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry for the 74th Assembly District race, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

Curry is running for the seat currently belonging to Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa), who plans to run for the Orange County Board of Supervisors. In the released statement, Deukmejian's endorsement was referred to as "rare and well-respected."

"I have known Keith Curry for decades," Deukmejian, who served as Governor from 1983-1991 and as California's Attorney General, said in the released statement. "He is just the kind of strong conservative Republican leader we need in Sacramento today."

Curry thanked Deukmejian for his endorsement saying, "He is one of my inspirations for public service and a role model for integrity, dedication and effectiveness. I want to be the kind of legislator he was."

Last week Curry was also endorsed by the the Orange County Business Council.

Curry was appointed to the Newport Beach City Council in 2006 and will be termed out in 2016. He is the director of the Center for Public Policy at Concordia University, where he also teaches public police and leadership courses.

He served for five years in the Ronald Reagan administration as the Special Assistant to the Federal Transit Administrator, and prior to that as a Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Pete Schabarum. In 2011, he led the efforts to create a Ronald Reagan Centennial Memorial in Newport Beach.

The 74th district includes all or part of the cities of Newport Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods and Huntington Beach.

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