Candidates for District 1

Don Harper

Here is Don Harper's candidate statement: 







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Mr. Harper is the CEO of a diesel fueling company.  He served on the Parks and Recreation Commission from 2013 until April 2016, when he resigned. Harper is also a former member of the Finance and Pension Advisory Committee.  In 2012, he unsuccessfully ran for Sanitary District and was then endorsed by the Costa Mesa Taxpayers Association.  He is supported by former members of the City Council Jim Righeimer and Steve Mensinger, along with Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel, Mesa Water District representative Jim Fisler, City Council member Allan Mansoor (although Mr. Mansoor's name is misspelled on the website so how friendly are they?).  Don Harper's website is

John Stephens

Here is John Stephens' candidate statement:





















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Mr. Stephens has been engaged in the practice of law for many years.  He first entered politics in 2012 when he ran for City Council but barely lost.  He has served on the Finance and Pension Advisory Committee but more significantly he led the battle against the two failed charter initiatives that Jim Righeimer tried to foist on the Costa Mesa. Don't tell your kids, but he is Santa at the Snoopy House each year.  He is endorsed by  U.S. Representative Harley Rouda, Mayor Foley and most of the City Council members, along with many residents.  John Stephens' website is


Jason Komala

Here is Jason Komala's candidate statement: 







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Mr. Komala is a business development consultant and leadership coach, as well as a store director at Target.  He has served on the Cultural Arts Committee since 2015.  We are not aware of any endorsements.  Jason Komala's website is