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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

Ciudad de Costa MesaCandidato para Council Member, Distrito 5

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Rebecca Trahan

Finance Executive
696 votos (12.4%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Fight corruption and nepotism on our council, and solve the homelessness and transient crisis In our city
  • Pay down our pension debt and set aside more reserves
  • Enforce reasonable regulations on sober living homes and reduce the number in our city



Profesión:Mother, Finance Executive, 25 Years In Politics
Finance Executive, CalFirst National Bank (2014–current)
For more info see, (1997–current)
Committee Member, Housing And Public Service Committee — Cargo designado (2016–current)
Committee Member, Pension And Finance Advisory Committee — Cargo designado (2017–2018)


Baylor University Bachelor of Arts, Political Science And Telecommunications (1997)

Actividades comunitarias

Open Road Running Chair, Board Member, Elite Athlete Representative, USA Track And Field (2011–current)
Member And Athlete, USA Cycling (2008–current)
Board Member, International Orphan Care (2008–current)
Professional Athlete, Golds Gym, various organizations and sports brands (1992–current)
Spokesperson, World Vision (2015–2016)



Hi everyone.  My name is Rebecca Trahan and I am an eighth generation Californian.  My family has lived in California since the 1800s--we traveled here from Oklahoma and Virginia on the wagon trail, during the Gold Rush, and have loved California ever since.  


My family has helped found and settle California cities, has raised their families here, and even started businesses here including a longtime successful chain of department stores and some Hallmark stores.  My grandparents met in high school band class out here and went on to attend college here.  While a junior at Fresno State, my grandfather was drafted into the war(WWII) and was eventually stationed in and raised his family in Amarillo, TX.  


While I was born and raised in Texas, after my college graduation from Baylor University in 1997, I moved to Southern California as quickly as I could.  After spending years in Los Angeles and other parts of Orange County working in politics and the media, and after the death of my military fiance, I moved to Costa Mesa five years ago. I bought a small, more energy efficient home and made the tough decision to start a family on my own. That tough decision was one of the best decisions of my life though because not only have I fallen in love with my Costa Mesa community, but I have been blessed with one of the  sweetest little two year-olds in the world.


I still love Costa Mesa but due to misguided state and municipal policies, I have really seen my community go downhill in the past few years.  I would like to change that and revive Costa Mesa to the thriving community I know it can be.  Through my twenty-five years of working in politics (including currently serving on the Costa Mesa Housing and Public Service Committee and formerly on the Costa Mesa Finance And Pension Advisory Committee), working in the private sector, and having been a small business owner (sole proprietorship), I believe I have what it takes to help get Costa Mesa back on track. And being a homeowner and having a family, I believe I also have what it takes to help both individuals and families alike live in a safer, friendlier community.


If you share my desire to take Costa Mesa back  and make it a safer, friendlier community, I hope you will join my campaign, volunteer to walk precincts with me, and donate to my campaign today! 

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Featured Endorsements

  • Former Laguna Niguel Mayor Mike Whipple
  • Shawn Steel
  • Scott LeTellier, former CEO of the World Cup

Funcionarios electos (1)

  • Former Costa Mesa Mayor And Councilmember Gary Monahan

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

With almost 26 years of political experience serving as a public servant in almost all levels of government but never being a politician, I want to serve as a resident and business voice. I want to better the lives of my community regardless of the person's race, political ideology, age, or gender.  For more information visit and 

Documentos sobre determinadas posturas

My ballot/candidate statement


This statement covers why I am running for city council in Costa Mesa.

As a mother, finance executive, former business owner, and a 25- year public servant in almost every level of government, I Love living in Costa Mesa District Five. Like many though, I understand changes need to be made to make It better. We need transparency and civility on our council, safer streets, cleaner parks, and sober living regulations. We also need traffic reduction, need to remain business friendly, and need controlled growth while protecting our open space -- especially Fairview Park. I am the only candidate who has the experience, education, and connections necessary to make these changes. Additionally, if elected I will see my position as a civic duty, not a career stepping stone. As a currently appointed member of Costa Mesa's Housing and Public Service Committee, I work with local nonprofits to approve HUD funding and alleviate homelessness, poverty, elder abuse and more. As a former Costa Mesa Pension and Finance Advisory Committee member, I regularly examined Costa Mesa's budget and sought solutions in relation to how California's pension crisis will Impact Costa Mesa. For more Information on my background, my stand on the issues, endorsements, and what I have already been doing to make district five better, visit Vote for Rebecca Trahan November 6! 

Videos (1)

— October 26, 2018 Barry Friedland/Costa Mesa Brief

This video explains why I am running for city council.

Información de contacto del candidato

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