Seal Beach Special Election

By Tuesday, January 31st, Seal Beach residents will vote to elect two new Councilmembers in Districts 3 and 5.

This process was initiated because no candidate earned 50% of the votes in the November 2022 general election.

Orange County Democrats endorse

Stephanie Wade

for Seal Beach City Council District 3

(River Beach, Seal Beach Shores, Bridgeport, the Eaves, the Hill, & Heron Point)

Stephanie Wade is a former Marine Infantry officer, educator, surfer, environmental activist, and a fan of small towns.

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Stephanie has served as a United States Marine Captain, Infantry Officer, and Combat Engineer. She has also served as a Veterans Liason for a Congressional Representative, helping Orange County veterans reclaim $231,080 in VA benefits. Stephanie is currently the Chair of the Orange County Veterans Advisory Council (OCVAC) and serves as as OC Supervisor Katrina Foley’s Veterans Policy Advisor, the only staffer devoted to these issues at the OC Board of Supervisors.


Stephanie taught social studies and physical education for 14 years. During her time, she:

  • Co-founded an honors program in World History that continues to this day
  • Raised over $5,100 for a Continuation School in the district
  • Founded a track program which produced 4 state championship sprinters in the first season alone


You can often find Stephanie surfing Seal Beach’s Ray Bay. If elected, she would be the only surfer on the City Council.

Environmental Protector.

Through her surfing, Stephanie became deeply concerned about environmental threats to our oceans. She joined the Surfrider Foundation to work on dune restoration projects, recycling reform, plastic recovery, expansion of beach access and protecting critical reef habitats. Stephanie also led one of the largest Surfrider chapters in the country and helped lead a successful effort to reduce the use of single-use polystyrene products in Culver City.

Mariann Klinger is the only registered Democrat running for Seal Beach City Council District 5 (Leisure World).