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By C. Jayden Smith

Orange County Board Supervisor Lisa Bartlett announced last week her candidacy to represent California’s newly-drawn 49th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Bartlett will run as a Republican against incumbent Rep. Mike Levin, a Democrat, as well as fellow Republicans Brian Maryott, the previous district challenger and former San Juan Capistrano councilmember, and Christopher Rodriguez.

Bartlett serves as a supervisor for the county’s Fifth District, which encompasses Dana Point, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, and other cities south of Irvine, and has been on the board since 2014.

“Never in my lifetime can I remember a point where Congress was this far out of touch with the everyday experience of working-class Americans and families,” Bartlett said in her announcement. “Much like California, our country is headed in the wrong direction and in desperate need of new and common-sense leadership.”

“At a time when families are struggling to pay for gas, put food on the table, and deal with the cost of inflation, Mike Levin is literally cheering on trillions of dollars in government spending, much of which is for pet projects,” Bartlett added, referring to Levin’s support of the Build Back Better Act, a $2 trillion bill that passed the House in November and awaits a Senate vote. 

Bartlett pledged to focus on the issues of quality of life, the economy, education, and public safety. 

“This great country has given me everything, and I will do everything I can in return to help get us back on track,” she said. 

In addition to her role on the OC Board of Supervisors, Bartlett has been publicly active in the area over the past 30 years. She served two stints as Dana Point’s mayor in 2009 and 2014, which came during her time on the City Council from 2006 to 2014. 

She is also on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Transportation Authority, the Orange County Fire Authority, the Transportation Corridor Agencies, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District, according to her campaign website.

As of this posting, Bartlett is not listed on the Federal Election Commission’s ledger of District 49 candidates who have reported campaign finances.

According to the FEC, Levin has raised more than $1.44 million in campaign contributions. Maryott has raised $852,135.74 toward his war chest. 

Christopher Rodriguez, a Marine Corps veteran and Oceanside councilmember, has raised $475,842.44 for his congressional campaign.

Levin won his reelection bid for the 49th district by just over 24,000 votes in November 2020, earning a 53.1% majority against Maryott’s 46.9%. 

Bartlett will join a crowded field of challengers, but she received a vote of confidence from her finance chairman Steve Craig. 

“Lisa Bartlett’s experience, leadership skills, and values will make her a great representative on behalf of Californians,” Craig said. “Lisa is the right person, at the right time, to help bring the change so desperately needed in Congress and I am very proud to support her.”

C. Jayden Smith graduated from Dana Hills High in 2018 before pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in digital and broadcast journalism from the University of North Texas. After graduating in December 2020, he reported for the Salina Journal in Salina, Kansas. Jayden loves college football and bothering his black lab named Shadow.

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comments (6)

  • It’s interesting that she comments about congress being “out of touch”, yet she is running for office as a republican. In all honesty, you cannot be a member of that party without accepting adherence to former president trump and his attempted coup, as well as a bunch of thoroughly debunked conspiracy theories, openly threatening violence against fellow lawmakers whom you don’t agree with, steadily standing in the way of ANYTHING actually getting done, nonstop gaslighting of constituents, etc. etc. etc. Republican positions are not supported by a wide percentage of the electorate, yet they keep up the mantra of fear and hate, year after year. Also,
    I have a distinct feeling that some of her (future) colleagues might be criminally charged in the very near future for their participation in the Jan. 6 insurrection in which good people died. Stop electing republicans!!

    • There was NO coup attempt. This is confirmed by the FBI’s own investigation. Continuing to repeat this lie will never change the FACT that there was NO insurrection and NO coup attempt. NO one has been charged with either insurrection or anything resembling a coup attempt. Just so to be clear, the only thing that has been debunked is your own conspiracy theory that any insurrection or coup attempt took place.

      In addition, to claim that one cannot be a Republican without “adherence to President Trump” and the non-coup attempt, is patent non-sense. There were a number of RINOs who voted for the rushed impeachment in which President Trump was again, found innocent.

      Leftist terrorists not only threaten violence against Republican lawmakers (and those Democrats who don’t support the leftist narrative), they actually engage in said violence. Furthermore, the gaslighting is done by leftists.

      Republican policies ARE supported by the wide majority of the populace and it is again the left who promotes fear and hatred. It is the left that promotes and engages in racism, judging people by the color of their skin even to the extent of teaching school children (CRT). It is the left that burned and looted American cities and murdered cops, destroyed monuments and statues, and blocked highways…not conservatives.

      It was only Trump supporters who died on January 6th. Ashli Babbitt (say her name!!), an unarmed Air Force veteran who was threatening NO one, was shot dead by a Capitol police officer who was in another room; there were cops around Ashli Babbitt. This officer has not been charged.

      Stop electing leftist Democrats, they are the enemy of America and Americans.

      BTW, Revolver News did a 2 part story on January 6th, here is the title of the 2nd part which came out on December 18th, of 2021:

      BOMBSHELL: Revolver Investigation Exposes Massive Web Of Un-indicted Operatives Who Coordinated Alongside Ray Epps To Turn January 6th Into a Riot.

      • Trump & the GQP 4 year legacy:
        LARGEST TRANSFER OF WEALTH TO THE 1% IN US HISTORY IN A 4 YEAR SPAN,
        Highest unemployment rate ever.
        Highest trade deficit ever.
        Biggest drop in GDP.
        Biggest fiscal year budget deficit.
        First president in 50 years to leave office with net job losses.
        First president since polling began to never have an approval rating of 50% or higher.
        Left office with a 34% approval rating. Only Nixon’s 32% is lower.

  • After what she did with the homeless and how it affected my life and property I would not let her lead a automated car wash

  • I think a blind rodeo clown with dementia can run the Buggy Bath better than the current owners so I’d give her a shot if she wanted the job George.

  • what’s happening at the dana harbor Josh and is political BS to make her rich friends richer while abusing her constituents. Record property tax’s and stuffed coffers at the county and state and no government let up on fees and tax’s makes her a bad choice maybe she can go to DUBI i cant afford her. Pre qualified bidder is a code word for rich cronies and friend’s .

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