Dave Ellis is best known for guiding first-tier candidates to victory in political races throughout Southern California. Now, the successful political consultant is trying his hand at elected office himself.
He is running for a seat on the Municipal Water District of Orange County, District 5. “The drought should be our queue to stop talking and start building water projects,” Ellis says of his pursuit of office.
Ellis quickly garnered support with endorsements from the Orange County Republican Central Committee and the Orange County Taxpayers PAC. “David Ellis is the GOP’s official endorsed candidate in the OC Municipal Water District #5 race. He is a conservative Republican that believes in tax reform, limited government, and local control,” declared Orange County GOP Chairman Scott Baugh.
Carolyn Cavecche, CEO and President of the Orange County Taxpayers Association, agrees. “David’s background in taxpayers’ issues and work in Washington and Sacramento make him our choice for the Municipal Water District #5 seat. He will be a leader in keeping water rates low and expanding the state’s deteriorating water infrastructure.”
Ellis previously served as the Chairman of the Orange County Fair Board in 2011. Then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Ellis to the seat and he remained for two terms. Ellis also served as the president of the Laguna Beach Taxpayers Association.
When he is not participating in civic duties, Ellis keeps busy with his consulting business. He specializes in governmental affairs. He says he has extensive experience working with political leaders in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. on recycled water issues.
California State Senator Mimi Walters agrees his experience is what is needed to represent the citizens of Orange County. “David has my endorsement because of his commitment to protecting taxpayers from rate hikes, and his expertise in improving our water infrastructure."
The Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) is responsible for wholesaling water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to retail water districts in Orange County. District 5, the district Ellis is hoping to serve, includes Newport Beach, Irvine, Lake Forest, and Laguna Woods
Dave and his wife, Christin, live in Newport Coast with their two children. Prior to founding his consulting business, he worked in Sacramento for the Assembly minority leader, the lieutenant governor, was chief of staff to a state senator, and press secretary to a member of Congress.