Newport Beach Councilwoman Leslie Daigle confirmed Wednesday that she is weighing a run for the state Legislature that could pit her against Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) in the June 2012 Republican primary.
"I am seriously exploring a run for the Assembly," she said. "We need to work together to find true solutions for jobs and the economy. People are tired of the stalemates of Sacramento and Washington, D.C. The engine is leadership. We need it to support all the cities in the district."
Daigle, 49, is eyeing the newly redistricted 73rd Assembly District, which includes sections of Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine and Laguna Woods.
The nominal incumbent, Assemblyman Don Wagner, Daigle said, is expected to run in another district. Mansoor, a former Costa Mesa mayor and Orange County sheriff's deputy, is expected to seek reelection in the newly carved district that includes some of his current territory.