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Melissa Fox Named DMO Blue Star Rising

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The National Board of Directors of Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) has endorsed Councilwoman Melissa Fox as a Blue Star Rising Candidate in her race to represent California’s 68th District in the California State Assembly. She runs against a Trump-supporting Republican incumbent who has fought to repeal affirmative action and weaken environmental protections in the state. Reflecting on Fox’s campaign, DMO President Scott Benson said that “The Board of Directors of Democratic Municipal Officials is honored to name Councilmember Melissa Fox a Blue Star Rising Candidate as she seeks a position in the California State Assembly. We know her to be a fierce leader who embodies Democratic values and a motivation to improve the well being of every resident of her district.”

Councilwoman Fox caught our Board’s attention through her diligent service to bettering her community while serving on the Irvine City Council. An elected councilwoman since 2016, she has fought to keep families housed during the COVID-19 pandemic and introduced a vote to proclaim June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Irvine. She also extended public transportation routes in Irvine to reduce congestion and pollution, and worked to create Irvine’s first climate action plan.

The DMO Board is confident that Councilwoman Fox will continue to be a strong voice for her community in Sacramento. Previously, Fox served for four years on the Irvine Community Services Commission, where she fought to defend open parkspace and recreation facilities. The daughter of a Korean War combat veteran, Fox is also a fierce advocate for veterans and working families. As Chair, she has led the Irvine Community Land Trust to win multiple awards for providing affordable housing for veterans and other groups in need. DMO is confident that Fox will build upon this impressive record as a dedicated public servant in the State Assembly. She is committed to improving her community by investing in education, public transportation, and stronger environmental protections as representative of the 68th district.

The DMO serves to connect, engage, and empower elected officials who identify as Democrats across the US. Democratic Municipal Officials initiated the highly selective Blue Star Candidate program to draw national attention to local Democratic candidates, in particular when such an election would shift a mayor’s seat or council majority from red to blue. These candidates have been vetted and recommended by the DMO National Board.

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