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Former Orange County GOP state Assembly candidate Kelly Ernby who remained ardent and vocal opponent of vaccination mandates, dies of COVID

Former Orange County GOP state Assembly candidate Kelly Ernby who remained ardent and vocal opponent of vaccination mandates, dies of COVID
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Former Orange County GOP state Assembly candidate Kelly Ernby who remained ardent and vocal opponent of vaccination mandates, dies of COVID.

During the pandemic, Ernby remained an ardent and vocal opponent of COVID vaccination mandates.” She was an O.C. deputy district attorney for ten years before turning to political activism.

Kelly Ernby, a Huntington Beach resident was 46 years old at the time of her death. “The Orange County district attorney’s office is deeply grieved by the tragic and unexpected loss of Deputy Dist. Atty. Kelly Ernby,” said DA Todd Spitzer in a statement.

It’s impossible to overstate how much Kelly cared about the work she did as a prosecutor and about the community she worked so hard to defend. It was an “absolute honor,” according to Spitzer, to work with Ernby on the Environmental Protection Team of his agency.

Local Republican lawmakers and party volunteers began publicly mourning Ernby’s passing on Monday morning. Ex-Rotary Party Executive Director Jon Fleischman, who was a longstanding supporter of the Republican Party in Orange County and a veteran Republican activist, described her as “extremely passionate” about her political beliefs.

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Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ernby was outspokenly opposed to proposed state legislation strengthening inoculation requirements for California kids during a November 2019 campaign appearance on the campaign trail.

She argues that government involvement in dictating which vaccinations individuals take is unnecessary. I believe patients and physicians have a say in this. ” What else will the government compel if it mandates vaccines?”

In 2020, Ernby was elected to the Orange County Republican Central Committee. At the time of her death, she was just halfway through her four-year tenure. When Ernby and Fleischman exchanged text messages last week, Fleischman claimed that Ernby was getting ready to run for another term in the state Assembly in the newly created 72nd District.

When Ernby revealed to Fleischman that she had been ill with COVID-19, Fleischman said her death had come as a “sudden” surprise because the two had planned to speak this week. “She was witty and generous,” he said. As soon as we met her, she became an integral part of our celebration. We’re going to miss her a lot, for sure. “It’s heartbreaking.”

Throughout the outbreak, Ernby remained a vociferous critic of mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. At a demonstration outside Irvine City Hall on Dec. 4, she spoke out against such regulations.

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The demonstration organized by Turning Point USA chapters at UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton drew dozens of people, according to the Daily Titan, a student newspaper at Fullerton. Our liberties are the most important thing we have right now, Ernby stated.

Ernby was born and raised in San Diego. The Orange County district attorney’s office hired Ernby in 2011 and she continued to work there until her death. Axel, Ernby’s spouse is her only surviving relative.


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