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About Welead OC

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Welead OC recruits and trains Progressive Democratic women to run for city councils and school boards, with a focus on Women of Color and women living in under-represented communities.

Women! Progressive Women Democrats! Our County is evolving, slowly, from a citadel of conservativism to a community of diversity and inclusivity --- the change is gradual but deliberate.

Choose and commit to be the change in 2022. 

Welead OC Candidate Development beginning June 3, 2021

Please join Welead OC as we congratulate Welead OC Alum, Welead OC Team Member and former Orange City Council candidate Dr. Beatriz "Betty" Valencia, in her recent election to the California Democratic Party's Vice Chair, Region 7 Chicano Latino Caucus and as the top vote-getter in her re-election to the LGBTQ Caucus!

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WHAT WELEAD OC ALUM SAY

This changed my life. It prepared me and taught me  how to make effective change while working on a campaign.

The role playing, story telling and group exercises were the most helpful.

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The program is STELLAR and I learned everything I needed to know to run my campaign.

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The 2020 election cycle proved to be Welead OC's most successful yet. 75% of our candidates became city council and school board members -- 58% are People of Color.

Welead OC trains candidates, activists and women seeking positions on campaigns. 

 

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Pamela Braunstein

Trustee

Capistrano Unified School District 3

Class - Spring 2019

Pamela, in her first run ever for elected office, toppled Capistrano Unified School District President, Jim Reardon, first elected in 2012, 56.25% - 43.75%

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Dr. Vicki Calhoun

Trustee

Fullerton Joint Union High School District 5

Class - Fall 2019

Dr. Vicki Calhoun is the first ever African American to serve in Fullerton city Government.

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Diana Lee Carey

Trustee

Huntington Beach Union High School District

Inaugural Welead OC Class - 2015

Diana Lee Carey is one of Welead OC's first candidates when the program launched in September 2015.  She was first elected to the HBUSD in 2018 and is up for re-election in 2022. Diana is a former Westminster City Councilmember.

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Rose Espinoza

Mayor

La Habra City Council

Inaugural Welead OC Class - 2015

Mayor Espinoza was elected in 2020 to serve her fifth term to the La Habra City Council and her fifth term as Mayor.  She was one of Welead OC's very first candidates in September 2015.

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Rebecca "Beckie" Gomez

Councilmember

Tustin City Council

Trustee

OC Board of Education

District 1

Class - Spring 2016

In 2020 Rebecca "Beckie" Gomez  was elected to the Tustin City Council, where she previously served from 2010 until her term expired  in 2016. She was then elected to the OC Board of Education, re-elected in 2020 and is currently the only serving Democrat.

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Richard Hurt

City Councilmember

Aliso Viejo City Council

Class - Fall 20

Richard is serving as the first African American elected official in the city of Aliso Viejo.  A first-time candidate, Richard was one of eight candidates to fill three seats.

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Farrah Khan

Mayor

Irvine City Council

Class - Spring 2016

Mayor Khan was first elected to the Irvine City Council in 2018. In 2020 the voters of Irvine elected her Mayor. In a four-way race, Mayor Khan received 47.56% of the vote. She is the first Muslim woman to be elected in

Orange County.

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Jessie Lopez

Councilmember

Santa Ana City Council

Ward 3

Class - Fall 2019

In her first run ever for elected office, Jessie Lopez was one of five candidates vying for one seat. Jessie came up on top beating #2 by almost 8 percentage points.

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Ana Page

Trustee

Orange Unified School District 

Area 3

Class - Summer 2020

A first-time candidate, Ana won OUSD Area 3 seat with more than 54,000 votes and with almost 58% of the vote.

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Cottie Petrie-Norris

Assemblymember

74th AD

Class - Summer 2017

In her first bid for elected office in 2018, Assemblymember Petrie-Norris emerged from a 5-way Primary to advance to the General Election, where she flipped the 74th AD from Red to Blue, beating the GOP Incumbent

52.7% - 47.3%. A Democrat had not held the seat since 1978. Assemblymember Petrie-Norris is the first woman to hold the seat. She was re-elected in 2020.

Welead OC Alum Electeds

Welead OC Alums

Candidates. Activists. Campaign Professionals

Meet Welead OC's Alum --- accomplished, empowered and emboldened leaders.

Click below and enjoy the tour!

To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key.

Congratulations Welead OC 2020 Candidates!

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Danett Abbott

Candidate

Orange City Council

District 3

Danett is a first-time candidate and the first candidate to run in the city of Orange's District-Held elections.

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Pamela Braunstein

Elected 

Trustee

Capistrano

Unified School District 

District 3

Pamela, a first-time candidate, beat the incumbent by 12.5%.

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Dr. Vicki Calhoun

Elected

Trustee

Fullerton Joint Union

High School District

Dr. Vicki is serving as the first-ever African American in Fullerton city government.

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Rose Espinoza

Elected

Mayor

La Habra

City Council

Mayor Espinoza has been elected to serve her fifth term as a member of the La Habra City Council & her fifth term as Mayor. 

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Pauline Hale

Candidate

Mission Viejo City Council

Pauline, LGBTQ, and first-time candidate, ran with 8 other candidates. She came in fourth for two seats against candidates with higher name ID.

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Richard Hurt
Elected
Aliso Viejo
City Council

Richard is serving as the first African American elected official in the city of Aliso Viejo.  A first-time candidate, Richard was one of eight candidates to fill three seats.

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Jessie Lopez
Elected
Santa Ana
City Council

Jessie is a first-time candidate. She was one of five candidates for one seat and was the highest vote getter with 34% of the vote.

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Ana Page
Elected
Trustee, Area 3
Orange Unified School District

Ana is a first-time candidate. She won with 58% of the vote.

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Jeanine Robbins
Candidate
Anaheim
City Councl, District  4

Jeanine is a longtime Anaheim Activist. She is a first-time candidate and while not successful this time around, Jeanine will continue her phenomenal community work.

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Oscar Rodriguez
Candidate
Huntington Beach
City Council

Oscar is a first-time candidate and was one of fifteen candidates vying for three seats. Oscar came in fifth ahead of former councilmembers and an Assemblymember.

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