Former governor endorses Curry for Assembly

Former California Gov. George Deukmejian has endorsed Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry for Assembly.

Curry, who recently served as the city's mayor, is seeking the seat in District 74 currently occupied by Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa).

In a prepared statement released Wednesday, Curry described Deukmejian as one of his "inspirations for public service" and a "role model for integrity, dedication and effectiveness."

"I want to be the kind of legislator he was," Curry said in the statement.

Deukmejian, who lives in Long Beach, was governor from 1983 to 1991. He has known Curry for decades, according to a news release.

"He is just the kind of strong conservative Republican leader we need in Sacramento today," Deukmejian, who also served as state attorney general, said in a prepared statement.

Curry, who also received an endorsement from the Orange County Business Council, will probably face fellow Republicans Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper, Santa Ana native and community activist Karina Onofre and Emanual Patrascu, district director for Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach), in the June 3 primary.

Voters may cast ballots for candidates regardless of party affiliation in the primaries. The top two will proceed to the Nov. 4 general election.

The window for candidates to file is from Feb. 10 through March 7.

District 74 includes all or part of Newport Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods and Huntington Beach.

— Emily Foxhall

Twitter: @emfoxhall

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