Political season is in full swing, as are the endorsements.

Businesswoman Diane Dixon, a candidate for the Newport Beach's 1st City Council District, has secured the backing of Newport Beach Councilman Tony Petros and city Planning Commissioner Fred Ameri.

"Diane is independent, she listens and she's a problem-solver," Petros said, according to a news release. "Those are the qualities you like to see in a council member. I'm looking forward to working with her."

Dixon also has endorsements from former Sen. Marian Bergeson, former Newport Beach Mayor Evelyn Hart, former City Manager and Councilman Robert Shelton, state Sen. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) and Councilwoman Leslie Daigle, among others.

She is seeking the Balboa Peninsula-area seat held by Councilman Mike Henn, who is termed out. Michael Glenn, who works in technology, is also in the race. Harbor Commissioner Joe Stapleton recently withdrew from the race.

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Hill supports Tim Brown in District 4

Also in Newport Beach, District 4 council candidate Tim Brown has received endorsements from Mayor Rush Hill, Councilman Keith Curry and former mayors Jan Debay, Thomas Edwards, Dennis O'Neil, Steven Rosansky and Don Webb. He also has the backing of Newport-Mesa School Board President Karen Yelsey, former Newport Beach City Manager Homer Bludau, and businessman Ralph Rodheim, among others.

Brown is a planning commissioner who served on the Parks, Beach and Recreation Commission from 2004-11. He is on the board of Leadership Tomorrow, chairs the Lobsterfest Foundation and previously served as chairman of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Also in the contest for the Eastbluff-area seat is Harbor Commissioner Roy Englebrecht, Fight Club O.C. promoter.

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Cooley endorses Curry

Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry announced that he has the endorsement of former Los Angeles County District Atty. Steve Cooley. Curry is running for state Assembly in the 74th District, which includes sections of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach and Irvine.

Curry wants the seat currently held by Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa), who is running for Orange County supervisor. Also in the Assembly race are Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper, a Republican; Emanuel Patrascu, a Republican who works for Assemblyman Travis Allen; tax specialist Karina Onofre, a Democrat, and educator Anila Ali, a Democrat.

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The next Feet to the Fire Forum

Thursday evening's Feet to the Fire Forum at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Center was the first in a four-part debate series. That forum featured candidates for the state Assembly's 74th District.

The next installment of the political series will take place at 7 p.m. April 28 at the Costa Mesa Community Center and feature the candidates running for the Board of Supervisors in the 2nd District.

The invited guests are Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa), Michelle Steel of the State Board of Equalization, Huntington Beach Councilman Joe Carchio, former Huntington Beach Mayor Don Hansen and Coast Community College District Trustee Jim Moreno.

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Passport office opens Saturday

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) has issued a reminder that the Los Angeles Passport Agency will open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Appointments are not needed.

The agency plans to waive the $60 fee for expedited passports for applicants willing to wait the standard three-week turnaround time. The waiver is good only on Saturday.

The Los Angeles Passport Agency is at 11000 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1000, Los Angeles. For passport information and forms, call (877) 487-2778 or visit http://www.travel.state.govhttp://www.travel.state.gov.

Constituents may also contact the congressman's Huntington Beach district office at (714) 960-6483.

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