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Huntington Beach Councilman Tony Strickland Announces State Senate Bid with Strong Slate of Endorsements

Strickland brings a wealth of experience, having previously served as a State Senator for CA SD-19 and as a State Assemblyman for CA AD-37.

Last week, Huntington Beach City Councilman Tony Strickland announced his bid for California State Senate District 36, a coastal seat stretching along Orange County’s westernmost cities from Seal Beach to Dana Point. 

CA SD-36 is currently represented by Sen. Janet Nguyen (R), who is running for Orange County Board of Supervisors’ District 1. Nguyen was an early endorsee for Strickland, citing his extensive experience and dedication to public service. Prior to his election to Huntington Beach City Council, Strickland served as a California State Senator (CA SD-19) and Assemblyman (CA AD-37). 

Strickland also has the endorsements of Congresswomen Michelle Steel and Young Kim, as well as former California Assembly Minority Leader and Congressional candidate Scott Baugh. 

“We are unbelievably on the wrong track in every category,” Strickland said. “Governor Newsom and this (Democrat) supermajority seem dead-set on turning California into San Francisco—and families around the state don’t want to turn into San Francisco.”

Strickland is no stranger to pushing back when the State Legislature attempts to curtail local control. During his time on Huntington Beach City Council, Strickland has fought overreaching state mandates on housing and helped orchestrate the city’s withdrawal from the California League of Cities over its support for the controversial Proposition 1. More recently, Strickland was also instrumental in the passage of a voter ID policy aimed at strengthening election integrity and a ballot measure requiring that any flags flown on city property must represent all Huntington Beach residents equally. Voters elected both by decisive margins—7% and 15% respectively. 

“California needs leaders unafraid to stand up to the liberal overreach that comes out of Sacramento every day,” said Strickland. “In Huntington Beach, we have shown that conservative governance works. Gavin Newsom and the Democratic supermajority could use more Surf City common sense.”

During his three terms in the State Assembly, Strickland served on the Insurance, Banking and Finance Committees and as Chairman of the Health Committee and Governmental Organization Committee. While in the State Senate, he served as Vice Chair of the Senate Committees on Health and Environmental Quality and a Leader on the Senate Energy & Utilities and Communications Committee. He was also Vice-Chair of the Huntington Beach Finance Commission.

His fundraising efforts will be led by Stacy Davis, who Strickland believes is the best fundraiser in the county. With a host of early endorsements from top Republican officials and a formidable fundraising arm at the ready, he is positioned to be a formidable opponent for any would-be competitors.

As of now, a prominent Democrat challenger has yet to declare. Regardless, Strickland has been widely regarded as one of the strongest possible contenders for the seat. 


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