MEET COTTIE

I’m a business and community leader, a wife and a mother. I care deeply about the future of my children and all of our children – and in the State Assembly, I will work with you to support and protect our community.

I grew up in San Diego County in a hard-working family. My stepfather was a union machinist and my mom was a homemaker who worked various odd jobs to help make ends meet.

I am a proud product of Southern California public schools. Even though I didn’t live in a community with a lot of resources, I went to a good public high school and had some wonderful teachers. They encouraged me to see a bigger world and to envision a bigger future for myself.

Growing up, I set my sights high and I worked hard. I received scholarships, took out student loans and worked part-time jobs in order to attend Yale University, where I double-majored in English and Economics.

After college, I have enjoyed a 20-year career in finance and marketing. I have built businesses and led teams at Fortune 500 corporations, small companies and start-ups. In the business world, I’ve demonstrated my ability to tackle tough problems with strategic vision and pragmatic action. I’ve lived and worked in Washington DC, South Africa, London and – for the past 5 years – back here in Southern California.

I live in Laguna Beach with my family – my husband Colin, our two sons Dylan & Hayden and our rescue dog Flounder.

In my community, I serve on the board of the Laguna Beach Democratic Club and the Laguna Beach City Housing and Human Services Committee. I sit on the advisory board of WAVE (Women for American Values and Ethics) and am a founding member of the 48th District Action Council.

Why I’m Running

Politics isn’t just for politicians – it’s for all of us

The 2016 election was a huge wake up call for me, as it was for so many of us. We all realized just how fragile our democracy is, and how hard we need to fight to protect it.

I will work with you to support and protect our community

I’m a business and community leader, a wife and a mother. I care deeply about the future of my children and all of our children – and I’m running for State Assembly to support and protect our community.

We are building a movement

I am passionate about building a sustainable progressive movement across Orange County – and electing progressive Democrats at every level.

We need more women at the table

Right now, only 26 women serve in California’s 120-person State Legislature. That’s the lowest number since 1998. We can do better. And – with your help – we will do better!

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