Navy veteran, engineer and interim mayor Andrea Marr is running for re-election to the Costa Mesa City Council on Nov. 8 against John Thomas Patton, a financial adviser, and Jorge Miron, a patient care advocate.
“I am delighted to be back on the ballot in November!” Marr wrote on his campaign’s Facebook page. “Although we have accomplished so much in 4 years…there is still so much work to do.”
Marr was elected in 2018 in the city’s first district elections. Previously, she served on the city’s Cultural Arts and Bike & Walk Committees.
Marr said she is dedicated to making neighborhoods safer and improving parks and quality of life for residents.
During his tenure, the city approved a homeless shelter, in operation since March 2021, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, Marr said his goal was to support the survival of small businesses while maintaining a budget surplus. from the city.
Marr, 39, was born and lived in Northern California until her family moved to Rome, Italy for a decade when she was 7. She then returned to the United States and attended the Naval Academy.
Her passion for public service, she said, led her to seek admission to the academy, for which she was nominated by Vice President Al Gore in 2001. She graduated in engineering aerospace and earned his nuclear reactor operator qualifications while serving. in the navy.
She served as an ordnance and artillery officer for two deployments, then led a division of 20 nuclear-trained machinists for two years, including a 10-month deployment to the Persian Gulf.
She then worked for an energy efficiency company in Seattle until she transferred to its regional office in Irvine in 2012 and moved to Costa Mesa.
She started her own energy management consultancy in 2014 aimed at supporting small organizations, until it was acquired by Regatta Solutions in 2015. She is currently Vice President of Willdan, a consultancy, where she manages utility energy efficiency programs.
Marr is endorsed by the Costa Mesa Fire and Police Associations, and the Orange County Federation of Labor as well as Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.), Rep. Cottie Petrie Norris, County Supervisor Orange Katrina Foley, Costa Mesa Mayor John Stephens and City Council members Manual Chavez, Arlis Reynolds, Jeff Harlan and Loren Gameros.
Campaign finance records show it has raised nearly $18,000 this year through the end of June.
Marr did not respond to an interview request for this story.