Diane Dixon’s city council campaign received a significant boost this week with a highly successful fundraiser Tuesday night and the endorsement of former Sen. Marian Bergeson.
The sunset reception at The Dock in Cannery Village was packed with supporters from the 1st District, which Dixon is seeking to represent, as well as other areas of Newport Beach.
The $45,000 in that Dixon has raised have exceeded expectations.
I am very grateful for the support of each and every one of you,” Dixon told the crowd. Together, we can meet the challenges facing Newport Beach in an open and constructive way, and protect the wonderful quality of life that Marian Bergeson and other city leaders through the years have achieved for us.”
Bergeson had previously committed to support Harbor Commissioner Joe Stapleton, but enthusiastically moved to back Dixon after Stapleton announced last week he would not be seeking the 1st District council seat.
“Diane Dixon unquestionably has the experience, commitment and energy to be an excellent City Councilwoman for her district and for the entire city,” said Bergeson, who was the first woman to have served in both the Assembly and state Senate, as well as having served on the Newport-Mesa school board and OC Board of Supervisors, and as California’s Secretary of Education.
She added, “I also believe it is important, with the upcoming departures of Councilwomen Nancy Gardner and Leslie Daigle, to have an accomplished woman elected to the council this year.”
Bergeson joins a fast-growing list of Dixon supporters that also includes former Mayor Evelyn Hart, former City Manager and Councilman Robert Shelton, Councilwoman Leslie
Daigle, former three-term Los Angeles District Attorney and Republican candidate for attorney general Steve Cooley, former Councilwoman and 2013 Citizen of the Year Jean
Watt, and business leader and philanthropist Paul Musco.
Dixon said she is “grateful for the support of these community leaders as I work to get my message out to all the voters of Newport Beach.”