Beth Krom’s announcement


IRVINE, California, March 9, 2009 — Irvine City Council member Beth Krom today announced her candidacy for Congress in California’s 48th district covering the Orange County cities of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods, San Juan Capistrano, Tustin, Santa Ana, Newport Beach, Lake Forest and Laguna Beach. Krom, a former Irvine mayor, is running for the Democratic Party nomination opposing incumbent Rep. John Campbell (R-Irvine).

“I’m running because I believe our congressional district is being underserved in Congress,” said Krom. “On issues that matter to this district, the economy, jobs and economic development, education, the environment, public safety and transportation, John Campbell has no record of accomplishment either as a Congressman or as a State Legislator. My record on these issues is clear and one with multiple accomplishments. I hope to bring my experience as a accessible public official at Irvine City Hall to the halls of Congress.”

Krom will make a formal announcement with an official campaign kickoff event Sunday, March 22, 2009, from 2-4 p.m. with Congresswoman Loretta Saanchez. The event will be held at the home of Dr. Mansoor Shah in Shady Canyon. Details for the event can be found on

Krom, who’s won five consecutive elections in Irvine, has earned a reputation as a smart and accessible public official. First elected to the Irvine City Council in 2000, she was re-elected as the top vote-getter in 2002. In 2004, she won her first term as Mayor of Irvine and in 2006 she was re-elected with nearly 60 percent of the vote — the highest margin of victory for any Irvine Mayor running in a competitive race. Term limits prevented her from seeking a third term as Mayor, but in 2008 she did win a seat on the City Council, coming in first with an 8000 vote lead over her next closest competitor.

In addition to her responsibilities as a Mayor and City Councilmember, Beth Krom has served on almost every regional board, including SCAG (Southern California Association of Governments), The One Water One Watershed Steering Committee, The San Joaquin Marsh Board, the Orange County Great Park Corporation Board, the Transportation Corridor Agencies, The Orange County Sanitation District, the Orange County Fire Authority, the Laguna Canyon Foundation Board and, the Irvine Community Land Trust Board and the Irvine Educational Partnership Fund Advisory Board. As a former teacher and mother of three grown children, Beth Krom is a strong advocate for quality public education.

Beth Krom has received many honors, including the Truman Award, the Solidarity Leadership Award, the Ruby Slipper Award, the Advocate of the Year Award and the Hadassah National Leadership Award.

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