Westminster Vice Mayor Tyler Diep officially kicked off his campaign for the 72nd Assembly District before a crowd of 50 people earlier this month. The fundraising event held at Laird Coatings in Huntington Beach and was hosted by former Assemblyman Jim Silva (who represented much of the same area from 2006 to 2012), businessman Ed Laird and the Lincoln Club of Orange County.
Special guests at the event included District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Supervisor Andrew Do, Supervisor Michelle Steel, Shawn Steel, Huntington Beach Mayor Barbara Delgleize, Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tem Michael Posey, Huntington Beach Councilman Patrick Brenden, Orange County Water District Director Cathy Green, former Huntington Beach Mayor Don Hansen, Westminster Councilwoman Kimberly Ho, former Laguna Niguel Mayor Gary Capata, former OCGOP Chairman Scott Baugh, and John Warner, President of the Lincoln Club of Orange County.
At it’s annual Radishes and Roses dinner last week, the OC Taxpayers Association gave Diep one of its coveted “Rose” awards in recognition that as a city councilman, Diep has opposed all tax hikes including the 1% sales tax increase that was proposed in 2016. He was the only member of the council to oppose the measure which raised Westminster’s sales tax to 8.75%, one of the highest in the region.
“OCTax was pleased to award Tyler Diep with a 2017 Rose Award for his steadfast opposition to tax increases. He stood strong in his opposition to a sales tax increase that will hurt Westminster families and businesses,” said Carolyn Cavecche, President and CEO of the Orange County Taxpayers Association.
“It was an honor to be recognized by the Orange County Taxpayer’s Association for my steadfast commitment to protecting taxpayers and businesses from overbearing taxes,” said Diep. “This sales tax not only hurts the families and seniors who struggle daily to make ends meet, it makes our city’s businesses less competitive. Orange County residents can always count on me to oppose tax increases.”
Diep is considered a heavy front runner in AD72, which is open due to Assemblyman Travis Allen’s decision to run for Governor. Diep has been elected multiple times to both the Westminster City Council and the Midway City Sanitary District, and is a prodigious fundraiser.
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.