Endorsements

People

Alan Lowenthal

CONGRESSMEMBER
(CA-47)

Connor Traut

Mayor
Buena Park

Ross Chun

Mayor Pro Tem and Councilmember, Aliso Viejo

Mark Takano

CONGRESSMEMBER
(CA-41)

Harley Rouda

Former CONGRESSMEMBER
(CA-48)

Joe Kalmick

MAYOR
SEAL BEACH

Shari Horne

MAYOR
LAGUNA WOODS

Loren Gameros

Councilmember
Costa Mesa

Carlos Manzo

Councilmember
WEstminster

Susan Sonne

Councilmember
BuenA park

Chris Duncan

councilmember
san clemente

Johnathan Hernandez

councilmember
Santa ana

George Weiss

councilmember
Laguna Beach

Carol Normandin

LAGUNA BEACH USD BOARD PRESIDENT

Gina Clayton-Tarvin

OVSD TRUSTEE

Lorraine Prinsky

Community coast college district trustee

Kristin Erickson

OUSD Trustee

Organizations

DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF ORANGE COUNTY

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COMMUNITY ACTION FUND OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF OC AND SAN BERNARDINO COUNTIES

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ORANGE COUNTY LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS

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WOMEN FOR AMERICAN VALUES AND ETHICS

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CALIFORNIA COLLEGE DEMOCRATS

Organization

COLLEGE DEMOCRATS AT UC IRVINE

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IUPAT DC 26

LABOR UNION

congressmember (ca-49)

Mike Levin

“Whether on the battlefield in Afghanistan or inside a Federal Courthouse in Orange County, Pete Hardin is a tried and tested leader who has dedicated his life to public service. Orange County deserves a District Attorney who will embrace modern strategies that promote equity and public safety. I am proud to support Pete Hardin as Orange County’s next District Attorney.”

Congressmember (CA-38)

Linda Sánchez

"A Marine Corps combat veteran, former military prosecutor, and former Federal prosecutor, Pete Hardin is a lifelong public servant who will fight to keep our communities safe," said Congressmember Linda Sánchez. "As an Orange County native, I am proud to support a proven leader committed to seeking justice with equity, transparency, and integrity to serve as the next Orange County District Attorney."

Mayor, Buena Park

Connor Traut

"Pete Hardin is a trusted leader with the dedication and integrity to bring Orange County's criminal justice system into the 21st century. As an Orange County native, I care deeply about seeing this community take steps toward becoming more equitable and inclusive. Pete Hardin's plan to end mass incarceration, prosecute hate crimes, and protect the LGBTQ+ community will help to empower our communities and make our neighborhoods safer."

Mayor Pro Tem and Councilmember, ALISO viejo

Ross Chun

Pete Hardin has a strong connection to our community and a clear understanding of the needs of our county. Pete understands that creating safer communities starts with addressing the root causes of crime, including mental health, unemployment, and homelessness. I appreciate Pete's hard work meeting with his constituents to discuss the issues that matter most, and admire his dedication to our legal system and our country. With respect and admiration, I offer my endorsement of Pete Hardin for Orange County District Attorney.

Former Congressmember (CA-48)

Harley Rouda

"I’m proud to endorse Pete Hardin for Orange County District Attorney. He has served this country as a Marine, combat veteran, and at every level of our nation’s criminal justice system. Pete will be a 21st century prosecutor who effectively advocates for victims of crimes, saves the county billions of tax dollars, and combats racial disparities in our justice system. Orange County needs Pete Hardin."

Mayor, Seal Beach

Joe Kalmick

"After meeting Pete and getting to know him after two substantive conversations, I believe that Pete Hardin is committed to bringing long overdue reform to Orange County's criminal justice system," said Seal Beach Mayor Joe Kalmick. "Pete understands that common sense criminal justice reform and public safety go hand-in-hand. Committed to expanding victims services, promoting rehabilitation and treatment for those who need it, and prioritizing the prosecution of hate crimes, I am proud to support Pete Hardin to serve as Orange County's next District Attorney."

MAYOR OF LAGUNA WOODS

Shari Horne

"I am proud to endorse Pete Hardin, a longtime advocate and tested leader, for OC District Attorney. As a retired mental health professional, I recognize that our community faces a behavioral health crisis, which should be met with innovative solutions, not jails and prisons. Pete’s commitment to breaking the revolving door to the criminal justice system by addressing the underlying issues that lead to offending behavior will undoubtedly produce better outcomes, enhance justice, and reduce racial disparities. Orange County has the perfect leader in Pete as we look to integrate these modern justice policies. "

councilmember, westminster

Carlos Manzo

"By way of his extensive prosecutorial experience, Pete Hardin has learned that common sense criminal justice reform will make our communities safer," said Westminster City Councilmember Carlos Manzo. "As an advocate for public health and mental health services, I have seen how our criminal justice system fails to support people suffering from substance abuse and mental illness, factors that can ultimately lead to offending behavior. As our next District Attorney, Pete will prioritize rehabilitation, treatment, and support as part of his plan to bring overdue reform to Orange County's justice system."

Buena Park City Council

Susan Sonne

Pete has built a career on standing up for what is right, proving himself to be a common-sense leader who puts the interests of the community he serves first. As a nonprofit director and Buena Park City Councilmember, I understand how important it is that elected officials tirelessly serve the needs of their community. As Orange County’s next district attorney, I know Pete Hardin will do just that. It’s time for Orange County to embrace modern criminal justice strategies and bring integrity back to the District Attorney’s office.

Councilmember, San Clemente

Chris Duncan

“Having served our country as a Marine and a Federal Prosecutor, Pete Hardin has demonstrated his extraordinary commitment to protecting our communities. Orange County deserves a leader who will put people over politics, stand up for victims of crime, and work to reform our outdated criminal justice system. I am proud to endorse Pete and I look forward to working in partnership to build a more fair and equitable justice system for all.”

OVSD Trustee

Gina Clayton-Tarvin

"Pete Hardin offers a bold vision for Orange County's criminal justice system, a vision rooted in supporting victims, tackling root causes of crime, and restoring integrity to the District Attorney's office," said OVSD Trustee Gina Clayton-Tarvin. “As a teacher, school board member, and a mother, I see public safety as the number one priority for OC, and integral to sustaining healthy communities. Having served at every level of our criminal justice system, and being a Marine Corps veteran, Pete will implement a strong approach to justice that enhances safety for all."

Community Coast College District Trustee

Lorraine Prinsky

“As Orange County’s next District Attorney, Pete Hardin will stand up for victims of crime, tackle corruption, and seek justice with integrity, As a more than 40 year resident of Orange County, I believe it’s past time we embrace commonsense criminal justice reforms that will make our communities safer and stronger. I am proud to support Pete Hardin and look forward to welcoming a tried and tested leader to lead our justice system.”

OUSD Trustee

Kristin Erickson

"Given Pete's background as a Marine and former military, state, and federal prosecutor, I trust him to protect our communities," said Orange Unified School Board Trustee Kristin Erickson. "Pete's thoughtful approach brings modern solutions to modern problems instead of perpetuating an outdated, revolving door justice system that never addresses root causes of crime and homelessness. We deserve a forward-thinking problem-solver and I proudly endorse Pete Hardin for Orange County District Attorney."

labor union

Unite Here Local 11

“I am so proud to announce UNITE HERE Local 11 is endorsing Pete Hardin to serve as the next Orange County District Attorney,” said Ada Briceño Co-President of UNITE HERE Local 11 “Our union represents more than 30,000 hospitality workers, many of whom are women of color, and many who have faced sexual harassment, discrimination, and labor law violations. I am deeply concerned that a culture of sexual harassment that has been enabled to fester and thrive in an office that is supposed to stand up for justice and the most vulnerable. You can’t be a leader in Orange County if you can’t be a leader in your own office.

Pete Hardin has proven his commitment to prioritizing this community’s long-term health and safety, and I am confident he will seek justice with integrity, transparency, and equity.”

ORGANIZATION

COMMUNITY ACTION FUND OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF OC AND SAN BERNARDINO COUNTIES

“Pete Hardin is a champion for equality and reproductive rights and will stand with us to protect unfettered access to birth control for all and the right to control our reproductive lives.”

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Women for American Values and Ethics (WAVE)

“Women for American Values and Ethics (WAVE) could not be prouder to endorse Pete Hardin for OC District Attorney,” said WAVE Endorsement Chair Beth Daley Ullem. “As a nonpartisan organization founded on a commitment to build a thriving democracy, we represent over 2000 strong women tethered to core values of integrity, inclusion, unity, and a commitment to progress. We are endorsing Pete because of his commitment to common sense criminal justice reform policies that will save Orange County taxpayers millions and will enhance community safety. As a former combat veteran, federal prosecutor and litigator, Pete is the right person, at the right moment, to lead the OCDA's office and bring about much-needed change.”

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Stonewall Democratic Club

"Across the country, we are being asked to reimagine our criminal justice system to end racial disparities, protect marginalized communities, and to reinvest in our communities. Pete Hardin’s commitment to equity, to the LGBTQ+ community, to holding law enforcement accountable, and to addressing mental health, addiction, and homelessness make him the best candidate for Orange County District Attorney. Hardin will work to end the system of corruption and lack of transparency in the OCDA’s office, and we intend to hold him to it." - Alex Mohajer, SDC President