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Orange County Register Endorses Ashleigh Aitken for Anaheim Mayor

Anaheim, CA – Anaheim, CA – The Orange County Register has endorsed Ashleigh Aitken’s campaign for Anaheim Mayor. Aitken, a former federal prosecutor and the candidate for Mayor running on a reform platform, has secured endorsements from a diverse coalition of supporters, which also includes Anaheim firefighters, paramedics, and municipal employees. In announcing the endorsement in their Sunday edition, the Register called for a “clean sweep” at City Hall. They wrote:

"For mayor, we endorse Ashleigh Aitken. An attorney and long-time Anaheim activist, Aitken is a moderate Democrat committed to fiscal restraint. Most importantly, Aitken’s the unabashed reform candidate. “The former mayor and his tightly knit ‘cabal’ were allowed to run roughshod at City Hall, and create a culture of intimidation for staff, management, concerned residents, and the smaller business community,” she told us. Her main challenger, Mayor Pro Tem Trevor O’Neil, talks a good game about his conservatism — on issues ranging from rent control to pension liabilities — but defends various giveaway deals and has a penchant for describing subsidies as incentives. Looking at the campaign donations O’Neil has returned is telling – from the Chamber of Commerce and leaders of the Angels."

The full editorial can be read here. The Orange County Register is considered to be one of the most prized endorsements in local elections.


Raised in Anaheim, Ashleigh Aitken has been fighting on behalf of local families for twenty years. As a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles and Orange County, Ashleigh prosecuted violent crimes, worked to combat illegal firearms distribution, and put fraudsters and child predators behind bars. Now in private practice, Ashleigh fights to get justice for her clients. Ashleigh has worked pro bono to aid homeless veterans, victims of domestic violence, expand free legal services for our veterans and military families, and to protect the Orange County Fairgrounds.

Ashleigh currently serves on the leadership team of United Way’s End Homelessness OC, working to bring more resources to Orange County neighborhoods to combat homelessness and build housing. In 2012, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Ashleigh to serve on the Orange County Fair Board, culminating in her service as Chairwoman in 2015. Ashleigh has served as the President of the Orange County Bar Association, where she established a Veterans & Military Families Committee to increase pro bono legal support for veterans and their loved ones. For two terms, Ashleigh served on the Anaheim Community Services Board, and as Chair from 2011-2013, and helped to secure funding for local non-profit organizations that work to lift people out of poverty, prevent elder abuse, offer job training and placement, and provide additional education and arts resources to at-risk youth.

Ashleigh earned her Bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Boston College and her law degree from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law. Ashleigh lives in Anaheim Hills with her husband, Michael, their three children, and an ark of animals.

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