The Orange County Professional Firefighters Assn. has endorsed Democrat Bob Rush in the 74th Assembly District race, Rush said in a phone interview Monday.
The organization represents about 900 firefighters, including those in Irvine and Laguna Beach, two cities in the 74th District, which also includes swaths of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach.
"Mr. Rush offers fresh ideas, real solutions and is willing to work with both Republicans and Democrats to address the enormous challenges our state is facing," Tony Bedolla, the association's director of government affairs, said in a news release.
Rush, a Newport Beach accountant who owns U.S. Realty Group Commercial Real Estate Brokerage, is challenging Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa), in the June 5 open primary. Also in the race is Newport Beach Councilwoman Leslie Daigle, a Republican.
The top two vote-getters will go onto the November general election.
"I am truly honored to have the support of the Orange County Professional Firefighters Assn.," Rush said. "These men and women put their lives on the line every day to protect our businesses, homes and families. That makes this endorsement even more of an honor and I am truly grateful."
— From Staff Reports