Laura R. Oatman, who runs Oatman Architects in Newport Beach, is planning a run for Congress to challenge Dana Rohrabacher in CD-48. While she hasn’t formally announced her candidacy, she told TheLiberalOC last Friday she’s planning to run and will make a more formal announcement in the future.
Oatman would join Harley E. Rouda Jr. and Boyd Roberts, two South County businessmen, who have formally launched a campaign for Congress in a district with a huge Republican voter registration advantage.
Oatman attended the last DPOC meeting and was introduced to those in attendance by former State Senator Joe Dunn. She was about to make a short speech but was cut off due to interests of time.
The good news is Democrats will have three strong candidates to choose from; the victor will need to network with party leaders in Coastal County cities, raise money and will require a massive GOTV campaign.
I’m still surprised Rohrabacher is still in Congress as many believed he’d have received a position within the Trump administration by now. Former GOP chair Scott Baugh is waiting in the wings to run as a Republican if Dana gets a promotion to Ambassador or a job within the State Department.