Curry Receives Business Group's Endorsement for Assembly

Newport Beach Councilman is vying for the 74th Assembly District seat.

Keith Curry (Patch file photo)
Keith Curry (Patch file photo)
Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry has received an endorsement from the Orange County Business Council for the 74th Assembly District race, officials announced this week.

Curry, the former mayor of Newport Beach, 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.

“Orange County needs leaders like Keith in Sacramento,” said Lucy Dunn, OCBC president. “As Mayor Keith has a record of accomplishments and helping local businesses. We can trust Keith to bring his experience to the legislature and fight to grow small businesses and jobs.”

In a released statement, OCBC officials said the group's endorsement is "key"  for candidates for public office because of its political credibility in the Orange County area.

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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