OC Business Council Backs Correa for Congress

From File: State Senator Lou Correa addressing the Senate during Floor Session

From File: State Senator Lou Correa addressing the Senate during Floor Session


Orange County Business Council says “Correa is the ideal candidate to represent the region in Congress” in backing his CA-46 bid

SANTA ANA, CA— Keeping up his torrid pace of locking down important endorsements, today former State Senator Lou Correa landed the sought-after support of the Orange County Business Council in his campaign for California’s 46th Congressional District seat.

In announcing their support, the Orange County Business Council wrote:

“Orange County Business Council (OCBC), the leading voice of business in Orange County, has endorsed retired state Senator Lou Correa for U.S. Congress, 46th District. Correa is the ideal candidate to represent the region in Congress. He holds deep ties to the Orange County community and solid track record aligned with OCBC’s initiatives to enhance regional economic prosperity through workforce development and infrastructure investment, and an increased supply of workforce housing.

“Lou is an invaluable asset to the region,” said Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, OCBC. “Throughout his career he’s championed policies to enhance economic development and improve the lives of all who call Orange County home.”

“Correa is a seasoned leader with a history for achieving results as a State Senator, State Assemblyman and County Supervisor. Understanding that a strong business environment and a well-educated workforce are crucial to the region’s competitiveness in a 21st-century global economy, he’s promoted increased investment in local neighborhood schools and STEM-related programs to close the skills gap between employers’ needs and the preparedness of students. Correa is also a leading advocate on behalf of Orange County’s mobility, working to ensure we receive fair share transportation and infrastructure funding – critical to the region’s ability to accommodate a growing workforce. He was a staunch supporter of the SR-91 improvements and SR-57 expansion, both critical corridors for goods and people movement. OCBC applauds Correa’s leadership and support his candidacy for the United States Congress.”

Today’s news comes after a poll showing Correa with an enormous lead, nearly 30-points ahead of his closest competitor.

The poll, conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, is relatively fresh out of the field, and was conducted from December 13th through December 16th. The initial results show Correa with a decisive lead over all other candidates:

  • 37% Lou Correa
  • 5%   Joe Dunn
  • 4%* Jordan Brandman
  • 8%   Bao Nguyen
  • 12% Adam Nick
  • 1%    Other
  • 33% Undecided

After messaging, Correa’s support grows to 43%, while the other candidates’ totals remain nearly unchanged. The memo showed Correa with a net favorability rating more than double that of any other candidate in the race.

To read the polling memo, click here. 

Beyond today’s announcement, Correa has racked up widespread support from organizations and leaders, including: Organizations

  • United Farm Workers of America (UFW)
  • California Police Chiefs’ Association
  • Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)
  • National Latino Peace Officers Association
  • California Small Business Association
  • Building Our Leadership Diversity (BOLD) PAC
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36
  • International Union of Operating Engineers Local 501
  • Santa Ana School Police Officers’ Association
  • Santa Ana Police Officers’ Association
  • Anaheim Police Officer’s Association Political Action Committee
  • Orange County Deputy District Attorneys
  • Garden Grove Firefighters Association
  • Californians for Humane Immigrant Rights Leadership Action Fund (CHIRLA Action Fund)

Elected Leaders 

  • House Democratic Caucus Chair & Congressman Xavier Becerra
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair and Congresswoman Linda Sánchez
  • Congresswoman & former State Assembly Speaker Karen Bass
  • Congresswoman Judy Chu
  • Congressman Juan Vargas
  • Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • Congressman  Pete Aguilar
  • Congressman Ted Lieu
  • Congressman Tony Cardenas
  • Congresswoman Norma Torres
  • Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD.
  • Congressman Ruben Gallego
  • Congressman Luis Gutierrez
  • Congressman Ruben Hinojosa
  • Congressman  Filemon Vela
  • California’s State Treasurer John Chiang
  • California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
  • California State Senate President Pro-Tem Kevin de León
  • California Board of Equalization Chair Jerome Horton
  • California Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante (Ret.)
  • California Latino Legislative Caucus Chair and State Assemblyman Luis Alejo
  • California Legislative Black Caucus Chair & State Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • California State Senator and former Air Force General Richard Roth
  • California State Senator & LGBT trailblazer Mark Leno
  • California State Senator & Labor Committee Chair Tony Mendoza
  • California State Assemblywoman & former San Diego Central Labor Council Leader Lorena Gonzalez
  • California State Senator Lois Wolk
  • California State Senator Jerry Hill
  • California State Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes–Eggman
  • California State Assemblyman Henry Perea
  • California State Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk Silva (Ret.)
  • California Supreme Court Justice, Hon., Cruz Reynoso (Ret.)
  • California State Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia
  • California State Assemblyman Jose Medina
  • Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchins
  • Santa Ana City Council Member Michele Martinez
  • Santa Ana Unified School District Board President John Palacio
  • Santa Ana Unified School District Clerk Valerie Amezcua
  • Santa Ana Unified School District Board Member José Alfredo Hernández, J.D.
  • Santa Ana City Councilwoman Angie Amezcua
  • Buena Park City Councilman Art Brown
  • Anaheim Union High School District Board President Annemarie Randle-Trejo
  • Anaheim Union High School District Board Member Al Jabbar
  • Anaheim City School District Board of Education President Bob Gardner
  • Anaheim City School District Board of Education Member Ryan Ruelas
  • Anaheim Police Chief John Welter (Ret.)*
  • City of Garden Grove City Council Member Kris Beard
  • Huntington Beach Unified School District Board Member Bonnie Castrey
  • Los Angeles City Councilman, past State Senator Gil Cedillo
  • Artesia City Council Member Ali Sajjad Taj

Community Leaders

  • South County Labor Chair Ray Cordova*
  • Orange County-based LGBT activist Gregory Willenborg*
  • Pastor of the largest African American church in Orange County, the Rev. Mark E. Whitlock, Jr.*

Correa served in the California State Senate, representing the 34th District, from 2006- 2014 and served the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster. Prior to the Senate, he served on the Orange County Board of Supervisors representing the 1st District. Before his time on the Board, Correa served in the California State Assembly representing the 69th District. *Titles for Identification Purposes Only.

For more information, please visit www.LouCorrea.com.

  4 comments for “OC Business Council Backs Correa for Congress

  1. OC Insider
    March 31, 2016 at 9:33 am


  2. March 31, 2016 at 10:02 am

    actually it is, since OCBC typically associates itself with Republican elected and there are a few Republican candidates for the seat. Republicans shouldn’t be the exclusive party of business interests. Fostering business growth leads to jobs which leads to a stronger middle class.

  3. March 31, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Lucy Dunn’s OCBC, center of the county’s kleptocracy and NO friend of small business. They tirelessly support:

    Putting toll lanes onto all our “freeways”;
    The destructive Poseidon boondoggle in HB;
    High-density development everywhere;
    Crony capitalism in Anaheim and elsewhere.

    No good Democrat OR Republican would boast of their endorsement.

    • March 31, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      Vern — as you have zero business experience and you’re not a good Democrat or a good Republican, you don’t exactly have a lot of credibility here. Labor needs business. Public/private partnerships are offered all over the country; if not offered in OC, those opportunities go elsewhere. I don’t always agree with Lucy and OCBC, but I think they do a better job promoting business (and jobs) in OC than say your local Chamber of Commerce does….

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