As expected, Westminster Councilman Tyler Diep has officially announced his candidacy for the 72nd Assembly District. AD72 is an open seat since the incumbent, Assemblyman Travis Allen, is running for Governor in 2018. Diep starts off strong with Allen’s endorsement, a huge war chest and several winning ballot contests within AD72 during the past decade.
The Diep campaign issued this press release this morning:
Vice Mayor Tyler Diep Launches Campaign for 72nd Assembly District
Diep Enters Race with Significant Momentum: $260k COH & Key Endorsement
(Westminster, CA) – Westminster Vice Mayor Tyler Diep announced today that he is running for State Assembly.
The announcement comes after 72nd District Assemblyman Travis Allen opted to vacate the seat in 2018 to run for Governor. Allen has endorsed Diep’s campaign to succeed him in the Assembly.
“Tyler is the right person to represent us in the State Assembly,” said Assemblyman Allen. “He is a dedicated public servant and has a proven record of fighting higher taxes and job killing regulations.”
Vice Mayor Diep will begin the campaign with significant campaign resources – he will transfer approximately $260,000 from his council campaign account to his assembly race.
“I am passionate about public service, my community and fighting to make Orange County a better place to raise a family and start a business,” said Diep. “I look forward to taking my experience in Orange County to Sacramento and between now and election day I’ll work hard to earn the vote of every neighborhood in the 72nd district.”
The 72nd District includes all of Westminster, Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, a portion of Huntington Beach, Garden Grove and the unincorporated county island of Midway City.
Axiom Strategies will serve as general consultants for Diep’s campaign, John Bovee of Capital Development Strategies will assist Diep with fundraising, and Lysa Ray will serve as his treasurer.
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.
To learn more about Diep and his campaign, please visit: www.TylerDiep.com.
There are 241, 964 voters in AD72. The partisan breakdown:
- 92,103 Republicans
- 80,134 Democrats
- 69,000 No Party Preference and 3rd partiesDemographically, it is:
- 69,928 Asian voters
- 71,664 Foreign-born voters
- 32,257 Latino voters