For many in Orange County, this is one of the worst kept secrets in politics but today it’s official. Melissa Fox is a candidate for Irvine City Council.
As there are two spots open in addition to Mayor, Fox, an Irvine Community Services Commissioner, is taking direct aim at first-term Councilmember Jeff Lalloway. A lawyer by trade, Fox previously ran against Don Wagner for state assembly in 2010, which was the toughest year for any Democrat running.
Fox is an astute business lawyer. She’s smart, a great listener, and skilled in community and veteran’s affairs. She’s the mom of a Beckman High School sophomore and very involved in Irvine’s many community endeavors from high school sports to scouting. She spoke eloquently in support of the Veteran’s Cemetery and Memorial at the Great Park along with her father, a decorated Korean War Veteran, at a city council meeting in March. She’s also a member of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce and a strong advocate for local businesses.
What separates Melissa from other Democrats who typically run for Irvine City Council is that she’s a strong enough candidate to run her own show. She has put together her own team and is racking up endorsements from both sides of the aisle. While she has the support of Councilmember’s Beth Krom and Larry Agran, she has been independently taking the necessary steps to launch her candidacy for some time.
Fox will be an outstanding addition to the Irvine City Council and one who represents a new wave of OC Democratic candidates. One who is business savvy, community-oriented, and free from the endless bickering and score-settling of the current council. She’s also tremendously enthusiastic about Irvine’s future as a world-class city.
It is refreshing to have a new candidate in Irvine with positive vision for the city and she will be an outstanding addition to the Irvine City Council.
A disclaimer: The Fox Firm represents this blog in legal matters and she represents my public relations agency. Additionally, I had the privilege of writing the first check to her city council race for the maximum $470 last year.