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First-time candidate endorsed for council

Former state senator endorses Costa Mesa hopeful Capitelli.

March 06, 2014
  • Costa Mesa resident Tony Capitelli, a district representative to U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, is running for Costa Mesa City Council.
Costa Mesa resident Tony Capitelli, a district representative… (KEVIN CHANG / Daily…)

Former state Sen. Tom Harman has endorsed Costa Mesa City Council candidate Tony Capitelli, according to a recent news release.

In it, Harman, a Republican whose 35th District included Costa Mesa, called Capitelli a "principled young leader who has the ability to collaborate and work with all sides to solve problems. Tony would be a great addition to the Costa Mesa City Council."

Capitelli said in the release that he was "truly honored to have the support [of] such an effective leader. I hope to bring many of the values Sen. Harman brought to the state of California to the Costa Mesa City Council."

The endorsement is Capitelli's first from a current or former elected official.

Capitelli, a first-time candidate who lives near the Orange County Fairgrounds, works as a district representative for U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa). He is a graduate of Concordia University Irvine and Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa.

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Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer, longtime resident Lee Ramos and school board Trustee Katrina Foley have all said they plan to run for the two open seats on the five-member council in November. After two four-year terms, Councilwoman Wendy Leece will be termed out. Righeimer is up for reelection after completing his first term.

— Bradley Zint

Twitter: @bradleyzint

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