AD72: Tyler Diep Campaign Surpasses $350,000 Cash-On-Hand

Westminster Vice Mayor Tyler Diep’s campaign reports he has surpassed the $350,000 mark in campaign cash-on-hand:

Councilman Tyler Diep announced that his campaign for Assembly has hit the critical milestone of surpassing $350,000 cash on hand.

Since launching his campaign in July, Diep has seen consistent momentum for his candidacy.  He has picked up the support of current 72nd district Assemblyman Travis Allen, the Lincoln Club of Orange County, and Orange County’s top law enforcement officials, Sheriff Hutchens and DA Rackauckas. Nearly a dozen other state and local elected officials have also thrown their support behind Diep.  Diep’s hard work and commitment has translated into successful financial support.  As of the end of September, Diep has amassed $354,000 for his Assembly race. The amount does not include any personal loans or other outstanding debt.

“I am honored to have the support of so many community and business leaders who know that I am committed to running an aggressive campaign so that I can go to Sacramento to aggressively fight for Orange County families,” said Diep. “When I first launched my campaign I said I would work hard for every vote and we’re building the organization to do just that.”

Diep was first elected to the Westminster City Council in 2008.  He has been a strong taxpayer advocate, is committed to job creation and supporting small businesses by keeping taxes low, and has prioritized hiring more police officers and road repair while on the city council.  He also serves as Director of the Midway City Sanitary District and works for the State Board of Equalization where he helps small businesses navigate through the bureaucracy of the IRS and Franchise Tax Board.  

The 72nd District includes all of Westminster, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, a portion of Huntington Beach and the unincorporated county island of Midway City.

$350,000 is an astonishing amount of campaign cash for a non-incumbent legislative candidate to raise more than a year before the election, and doubly so for a Republican. Democrats hold a super-majority in the state Assembly and that power gives them ready access to the deep pockets of state special interests.

Diep’s demonstrated ability to raise such a large sum from donors who have little to gain personally or politically from their donations speaks volumes about the Westminster councilman’s political talent. We’re rapidly approaching the point of no return beyond which it will be highly problematic, if not impossible, for any other candidate to mount a credible challenge to Diep.

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