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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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  • Bartlett’s platitudes ring hollow, “quality of life” – we already have the best, education? we already have the best, etc. This is another move by the GQP, the party of insurrectionists, that literally tried to take over the government through violence and wanted to hang the vice president. They tried to take over California through a phony recall – WHICH FAILED. Californians aren’t dumb, they know which party cares about the people and it’s not the traitorous GQP. Further Mike Levin is doing a great job, no reason to replace him that’s for sure. These are trying times for our Country but the current administration is doing everything they can to help the people through it, President Biden opened the country’s oil reserves to help with gas prices, he just gave millions of dollars to ranchers to produce more beef, he is on top of the pandemic and throwing everything he can at fighting it – hopefully it will dissipate but only if people protect themselves through vaccinations and masks.

  • Christopher Rodriguez is a bad choice for Oceanside as council member and certainly should not represent the Republican Party in the 49th District. Christopher Rodriguez has a short fuse, is very arrogant, short tempered and corrupt. There is a good reason why his own District 2 wanted to recall him. District 4 hates him and no visible signs anywhere near District 4. One has to wonder and question the legitimacy of these polls if he does not even have the support from the voters of Oceanside.
    Christopher Rodriguez is a leading majority member in the city of Oceanside, these members do not care about Federal and State standards when it comes to doing favors for their corporate friends. These majority members are so arrogant as to even deny the existence of the Loma Alta Creek and stated the Creek is dry. District 2 Oceanside Council member Christopher Rodriguez who is running for the 49th District brags and constantly displays pictures of himself with his children all over the media, newspapers and ads. I am sure Mr. Rodrigues cares about his own children but certainly not the hundreds and thousands of children in Oceanside who live, attend school near the chemstation or play at the mouth of the Alta Loma Creek under the bridge where is mostly contaminated year-round. When the appeal of approval of the Chemstation came before the city of Oceanside District 2 Oceanside Council member
    Christopher Rodriguez left the dais and went in the back of the building. He did not want to hear a presentation or a single complain of the many residents who live 100-feet from the Chemstation. When Council Member Rodrigues felt the presentations and public comments were over, he came out and said, “I am ready to make a motion to approve Chemstation LLC.” Oceanside Mayor Esther Sanchez had to remind Council Member Rodriguez that the presentation was not over. Council Member Rodriguez sat tight lip and very angry could not contain his bias comments and firecracker emotions. The same could be said of Council Member District 4 Peter Weiss who showed no concerns for his own constituents and kept giving them the wrong information as to where to file their letters of concern etc. Council Member District 3 Ryan Keim showed no concern at all whereby some of the Alto Loma Creek runs through the area he is presumably supposing to represent.

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