Wade kicks off campaign for Seal Beach Council

Pictured are Stephanie Wade, right, and Kim Carr. Photo by Ted Apodaca

Seal Beach resident Stephanie Wade kicked off her campaign for Seal Beach City Council, District Three, with a gathering at Glory Days on Sunday afternoon.

Among those in attendance were Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr and Rossmoor Community Services Director Nathan Searles. Wade is a former Marine, an educator for the past 29 years and an avid surfer, who said one of her priorities will be to protect the ocean and the beaches along the local shore.

Carr introduced her and stressed Wade’s love of the ocean and local surf culture. Carr herself is running for State Senate District 36, against Republican Janet Nguyen. She said Wade’s passion for Seal Beach will make her a perfect fit for Seal Beach City Council.

“She’s going to be exactly what we need in this community,” Carr said.

As a former Marine, Wade said that she is also passionate about the support of veterans and enlisted service members. She served for four years as an enlisted combat engineer and five years as an infantry officer. She was appointed to the Orange County Veterans Advisory Council by Orange County Supervisor Doug Chaffee in 2020. She has twice been elected to serve as vice chair and also works for OC Supervisor Katrina Foley.

Wade is endorsed by the Seal Beach Democratic Club, the Democratic Party of Orange County and Equality California, the largest LGBTQ civil rights organization in California. She said she decided to run because it felt right to protect the things that make Seal Beach special.

“Whether you are a surfer, a beachcomber, or a business owner, our way of life depends on a healthy beach,” Wade said.

Her District Three opponents are Lisa Landau and Fred Macksoud.