Bates began her career in public service as a parent working for safer streets for school children. She was elected to the Laguna Niguel City Council and then to the state legislature. She was first elected supervisor in 2006.
Bates serves on the boards of the Orange County Transit Authority and Transportation Corridor Agencies — in which Laguna has never participated due to its opposition to the San Joaquin Hills Corridor, also known as the 73 Toll Road.
70th District Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, who represents Laguna Beach in Sacramento, came in second behind top vote-getter Carly Fiorina for the Republican challenge to incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.
City Council race
Incumbent candidates Elizabeth Pearson and Kelly Boyd were to speak at an Art Alliance meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. today at the Laguna Art Museum.
Sen. Tom Harman aide Emanuel Patrascu has been invited to join them, although he has not yet made a formal announcement of his intention to run — anticipated any day now.
Toni Iseman, also undeclared at this time, is not expected to attend the meeting, due to another commitment.
The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce reserved the City Council chambers for a candidates' forum on Sept. 15, way back in January.
Chamber officials are in discussions with other groups that might be interested in co-sponsoring the forum, which might draw a bigger crowd.
"It makes sense to do one full-house event," chamber Executive Director Rose Hancock said. "It is a waste of time for the candidates to speak at six forums, each with six people in the audience."