Former two-term Assemblyman Allan Mansoor has made official what has been widely expected: he will seek election to the Costa Mesa City Council, where he served prior to his election to the state legislature in 2010.
There are three council seats on November ballot: Mayor Steve Mensinger and Councilmember Sandy Genis are running for re-election, while Councilman Gary Monahan is termed out.
According to a press release from the Mansoor campaign:
“Having lived here most of my life, I appreciate all of the different residential and business communities and the people who live and work here,” Mansoor stated. “As a husband and a father, I will fight not only for the current residents, but for future generations to be able to live, work, and play in Costa Mesa.”
“As a former Mayor of Costa Mesa, Allan has the experience and understanding to tackle some of the biggest issues facing Costa Mesa including; crime, homelessness and economic development,” stated Mayor Mensinger.
“I’m proud to have the support of Mayor Mensinger in this endeavor,” stated Mansoor, “He has volunteered so much of his time for youth sports and the kids in our community, that says a lot about him.”
In 2012, state GOP mogul Charles Munger spent nearly $400,000 in an failed effort to replace Mansoor with Newport Beach Councilwoman Leslie Daigle. Then-OC GOP Chairman Scott Baugh rallied a counter-effort and Mansoor decisively beat Daigle in the June primary.
Mansoor’s decision shortly afterward to run for the 2nd Supervisor District against Board of Equalization member Michelle Steel soured party leaders who had recently invested so much time, energy and money fending off Daigle on Mansoor’s behalf. Mansoor ultimately lost a hard-fought and bitter supervisorial election to Steel.
A former Orange County sheriff’s deputy, Mansoor is best known for his tough stances on illegal immigration and public employee pensions. During his city council tenure, he spearheaded having Costa Mesa declared a “Rule of Law” city as a response to sanctuary city ordinances being passed in progressive cities like San Francisco, as well has pushing to have Costa Mesa police check the immigration status of criminal suspects.
Mansoor’s campaign is being run by David Mansdoerfer of Clark Strategy Group. Among Mansdoerfer’s recent campaign experiences was the John M.W. Moorlach’s successful candidacy in the 2015 special election for the 37th Senate District.
Clark Strategy Group Tim Clark is in charge of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s California campaign.
Given his name ID and past successes on the Costa Mesa ballot, Mansoor has to be considered a strong favorite for election. A Mansoor victory, combined with re-election win by Mensinger, would maintain the conservative council majority led by Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer.