Melissa Fox, a local attorney who is running for the Irvine City Council, is holding a campaign reception on Thursday, April 10, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at the Caspian Restaurant, located at 14100 Culver Drive, in Irvine.
Fox, an ally of Irvine Council Members Larry Agran and Beth Krom, serves on the Irvine Community Services Commission. She ran for the 70th Assembly District in 2010, garnering 37.8% of the vote, as the Democratic Party’s nominee. She was soundly defeated by the Republican nominee, Don Wagner, who ended up with 58.2% of the vote, according to Smart Voter.
Fox does not note what her council campaign platform is on her website. You can read more about what she stands for courtesy of Smart Voter’s page about her Assembly campaign. Her parents were a police officer and a public school teacher, if memory serves correct. She appears to advocate for more public employee jobs. Growing the government is what her mentors and fellow Democrats, Agran and Krom, stand for as well.
The Facebook RSVP list for her upcoming reception includes Nick Anas, the Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Orange County and Florice Hoffman, a labor lawyer and a member of the DPOC’s Executive Committee. Whether Fox will be able to garner support from independent voters and Republicans is a very good question.
A Fox victory is crucial to the Krom and Agran faction’s hopes to take back the Irvine City Council from the Republican Council Members who took over in 2012. The Republican Council majority has since audited the money that was wasted by the Agranistas on the O.C. Great Park and has taken over management of the Great Park.
Fox also participates in many professional and community organizations, including the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, the Exchange Club of Irvine, the Women Lawyers Association, and Women in Leadership. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Beckman High School Football Boosters and Beckman High School Wrestling Boosters, and serves as an adult volunteer with the Sea Scouts at the Newport Sea Base. Melissa also served in the Orange County Park Ranger Reserve.
Fox lives with her husband, Dr. Michael Fox, their teenage son Max, and their Siberian Husky Scout, in the Northpark community of Irvine.