The 74th Assembly District candidates raked each other over the coals during the "Feet to the Fire" panel Thursday night.
Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa), Newport Beach Councilwoman Leslie Daigle, and Newport Beach businessman and Democrat Bob Rush debated about how they would represent Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine and Huntington Beach if elected to the state legislature.
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Though technically not an incumbent because of the newly redrawn 74th District, Mansoor sought to set himself apart from his two opponents by talking up his experience the past two years in Sacramento.
His biggest accomplishment, he said, was getting a pension reform bill out of a committee, though it died before ever becoming law. Lawmakers are obstinate up there, he said, and expressed frustration at how difficult it is to reform California.
Mansoor painted himself as the establishment candidate. He signed a pledge to not raise taxes, supported tempered development on Newport Beach's Banning Ranch, and maintained that many of the district's local issues — specifically the 19th Street bridge between Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach — should remain local issues.