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In the 48th Congressional district, four candidates have formally declared that they will be running against Dana Rohrabacher in the 2018 election. As advocates for informed voters, the HB Huddle is hosting a series of public “Get To Know Your Candidates” events in June & July.
Our June meeting will feature Laura Oatman & Boyd Roberts at Carden Conservatory Elementary School. See full speaker bios below!
Our July meeting will feature Harley Rouda & Tony Zarkades at the Huntington Harbor Yacht Club.
How The Q & A Works
At each meeting candidates will have 10 minutes of speaking time to introduce themselves. The HB Huddle is a community group comprised of five different Action Teams, that each focus on different political issues. After candidate introductions, our Action Teams will have an opportunity to ask each candidate one question about their topic. Candidates will have two minutes to respond to each question from Action Team leaders. After these 10 timed responses, we will then take questions from the audience.
Audience members will receive the following score card to help them take notes and record their own personal reactions to each candidate. We encourage all attendees to share their impressions on social media and keep the notes for their records.
Click Here For PDF of Score Card: Candidate Scorecard (Proposed) 6.8.17
A small business owner, mother, and community activist, Laura Oatman has deep roots in Orange County, completing her bachelor’s degree at UC Irvine before receiving her Master’s in Architecture from UCLA, where she met her husband. Laura is a LEED-accredited licensed architect with over 30 years experience designing environmentally-friendly buildings, who started Oatman Architects with her husband which now employs people in the town she has called home for over 40 years. While raising her five children, Laura became active in local community organizations and nonprofits, as well as starting several small businesses including a health and wellness company that has earned multiple accolades.
After the 2016 elections, Laura created OC Progressives, a group of positive, forward-thinking individuals in Orange County who have been shaken by the results of the recent election. The group meets every 3rd Thursday of the month and believes in common sense and compassion. The group was created with three goals in mind: 1) to educate our members on a variety of topics with experts from their respective fields; 2) to provide resources and information on activities that members can further express themselves politically; and 3) to bring like-minded individuals together in a fun and professional way!
Laura is running for Congress in California’s 48th congressional district against Dana Rohrabacher to bring people together and work on common-sense, forward-thinking solutions to Washington DC. Laura will work to make sure we grow our economy with jobs that protect our environment and ensure that healthcare and education is a right for all.
It is very important that we win big in November 2018. If, in the lead up to this election, impeachment, Russia, and any number of progressive issues do not appear to be winning issues, how do we make sure that we, never-the-less win in these red districts? How do we get enough Republicans to vote for Democratic candidates to tip the balance without moderating our views? I am the author of two ballot measures, which, I believe, will attract large new constituencies of students, millennials, parents, drivers, Republicans and independents to register, vote, and tip the balance for the Democratic candidates up and down the ballot that promote these measures.
I come from a family of teachers and am very passionate about the first measure. It establishes the right of all Californians to fully access all publicly owned higher education and – without impacting the taxpayer – create a new University of California Online to facilitate this access. It would dramatically reduce college costs and lessen the need for students to go into so much debt. See www.UCOCA.org and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rsw8rxBWJh0 for more information.
The second measure would eliminate the collection of tolls on our TollRoads after 20 years.
The November election shook me to my core. I believe that this President represents an existential threat to everything that we hold dear: our liberty, our freedom, our way of life, everything. I cannot stay silent. I am compelled to act. I am a candidate for California’s 48th Congressional District. I am running to bring bold progressive leadership to the 48th, stand up to, and to impeach this President.
Politically, I am 100% Bernie and will represent the 48th as an unapologetic progressive. I live in Laguna Beach. In the 48th Congressional District have also lived in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Fountain Valley. I have a BA from CSUSB in economics, studied at Waseda University in Tokyo, and traveled around the world. I am a local real estate broker, a student of history, an amateur artist, and the proud father of identical twin sons.