NEWPORT BEACH, CA – Local business owner, mother, and community leader Laura Oatman announced today she has launched her campaign for Congress in California’s 48th congressional district challenging Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has named Rep. Dana Rohrabacher as a vulnerable incumbent, adding him to the “Red-to-Blue” targeted list.
“I’m ready to take my experiences as a small business owner and long-time resident in this community to bring real leadership and common-sense solutions to Washington, D.C.,” said Laura Oatman. “I’m running because it’s time that someone steps up who not only truly represents Orange County but listens to the residents in this district.”
Laura is a native Southern Californian and has lived in Orange County for over 40 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree at UC Irvine before earning her Master’s in Architecture at UCLA. Laura is a LEED-certified licensed architect who has spent over 30 years designing environmentally-friendly buildings. After the 2008 crash, she and her husband started Oatman Architects which now employs architects in Newport Beach.
While raising her five children, Laura became active in local community organizations and nonprofits while starting a health and wellness company that has earned several awards for helping individuals transition to a vegan diet. Following the 2016 election, she started the group OC Progressives.
Laura lives in Newport Beach with her husband.
Laura Oatman is a small business owner who has lived and worked in Orange County for over 40 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine before earning her Master’s in Architecture from UCLA. She is a licensed architect with a career spanning over 30 years designing environmentally-friendly buildings. In 2009, she launched an award-winning health and wellness business. California’s 48th Congressional district includes Seal Beach, Midway City, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Aliso Viejo, and Laguna Niguel. The district was placed on the DCCC’s “Red to Blue” list of districts that can flip from Republican to Democrat and was won by Hillary Clinton in 2016. Laura lives in Newport Beach with her husband. The primary election is Tuesday, June 5, 2018.