I wanted to do my friend Ben Chapman a solid. He is devastated over the loss of his close friend Kelly Ernby. In 2020, I lit up Ernby on behalf of Diane Dixon who lost her AD-74 Race by a mere 3000 votes in the general election.
Dixon has gone on to be a train wreck, so much so that I had opined in early 2021 that I wished I had supported Kelly Ernby in 2020 instead of Dixon.
I don’t know Enrby that well, she was a deputy District Attorney around 40 years of age. Her bio indicated she had been in Law practice for 19 years. Ernby was a beautiful woman who had a lot of ardent supporters that thought the world of her.
This collage was put together by Ben Chapman who is a GOP club president in Orange County.
From the OC Register article:
Ernby was a political newcomer when she ran for the 74th Assembly District seat in 2020. She campaigned on plans to enhance border security, enact “tough love” policies for homeless people, promote environmental protections with proven results and oppose all new taxes, calling herself a “pro-business, pro-taxpayer, political outsider” who wanted to “bring back conservative values in California.” She also spoke publicly against government mandates requiring people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Kelly and I spent a lot of time together on the campaign trail in 2020,” tweeted Brian Burley, a Republican who ran for Congress last cycle. “She was one of the few people in politics that always came across as real, authentic, caring and passionate.”
Ernby’s grassroots campaign raised solid funding and earned endorsements from a number of GOP officials, including Assemblyman Phillip Chen and Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner. But she lost during the March 2020 primary to Newport Beach Councilwoman Diane Dixon, who went on to lose in the general election to Democratic incumbent Cottie Petrie-Norris.
There is always something out there to remind you life is short. Make the most of it. My understanding is that Ernby was a woman of faith as well.
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