Meet Dawn

Meet Dawn Ortiz-Legg

Dawn Ortiz-Legg is a 24-year resident of the central coast, 4th generation small business owner and second generation Mexican-American. She currently works as a Central Coast solar energy contractor and small business owner.

Ortiz-Legg has been part of a team that worked with local communities during the development, construction and operation of several clean energy infrastructure projects. This includes her work on the Topaz Solar Farms – one of the largest solar projects in the world. It created over 400 jobs, added over $425 million in benefits to local businesses and provides enough energy to power 180,000 California homes annually.

Ortiz-Legg has real-world experience creating jobs, developing common sense solutions and understanding of the realities of balancing economic development with environmental protection and quality of life.

She currently serves on several local boards and commissions:

  • San Luis Obispo County Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC) – Board of Directors
  • The Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee of San Luis Obispo Council of Governments
  • San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
  • Cuesta College Sustainability Center
  • California Women in Agriculture Member
  • I Care International – Volunteer of over 25 years, Ortiz-Legg’s father founded the organization in 1989

Ortiz-Legg holds a Masters in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with a focus on climate change and technology as well as an undergraduate degree from Pepperdine University. She was also appointed and served on the Cambria Desalination Advisory Committee in 1999.

Dawn is married to Dan Blandford. Their family includes Georgia Legg, 20, who is studying language and business; Sean Blandford of the Lodi Police Department, his wife Alyssa and daughters Blakely and Harper; Scott Blandford of the Menlo Park Fire Department, wife Brooke and daughters Jenna, Ella and Lila.


Principles

Candidate with real-world experience and common sense solutions

I am running for the 35th Assembly District. As a first-time candidate, I believe it is important to share with you my core principles:

  1. I will be a strong voice for Central Coast – Protecting our quality of life and ensuring that working families and future generations can thrive here
  2. Putting a hold on taxes – We can’t tax our way to prosperity
  3. Supporting and building local infrastructure, including housing
  4. Promoting education for all it brings to our region
  5. The path to opportunity
  6. Improved productivity through the responsible use of science and technology
  7. Public-private research collaboration around integrated solutions
  8. Be an elected official who is accessible, accountable and transparent to all – Has the right priorities to represent the Central Coast in Sacramento

Our world is undergoing a tremendous transformation and without any easy answers for the issues we face, collaboration is critical. My experience working as a small business owner has taught me how to work with diverse interests and create common sense solutions on complex issues.

Today’s political environment promotes polarization and often results in gridlock. I firmly believe that we all win when there is respect for all views along with the desire and the skills to sit down and work together.

Being a rural district, the Central Coast needs an assemblymember who is keenly aware of our local challenges and is able to represent our priorities.

Thank you for the opportunity to share my perspectives and principles. I look forward to listening and discussing the important issues of the day with you and your family.

Working Together. Creating Jobs.

Every day I see people working hard to better their family and community. By sending me to Sacramento, you will ensure that we have a strong voice fighting for this district – doing what I do every day – bringing people together to solve problems with the goal to promote positive social, economic and educational change.

I have firsthand experience creating jobs and bringing people together to accomplish a major regional energy project that put hundreds of local people to work while providing enough clean energy for 180,000 California homes annually. There is still so much work to be done for a better future.

My 3-point job plan includes:

  1. There are great transformations occurring in technology and energy; we have the resources to help retrain the workforce with business partnerships to create regional programs in our community colleges and universities;
  2. Infrastructure is the basis for a strong economy; by continuing to improve water systems, broadband telecommunication plus structural and multimodal transportation improvements throughout the region will enhance our prime industries of agricultural, tourism and small businesses along with overall quality of life;
  3. Housing is needed not only to create jobs, but to retain the valuable jobs we have; this region has been fortunate to have cultivated successful manufacturing and technology firms. The housing needs of their employees along with other young entrepreneurs, public safety professionals, teachers, health care and other service industry workers are critical to our economy and way of life –they all need to know they have a future in this district. We must return balance to the jobs/housing equation by providing incentives to builders to supply the kind of housing that is lacking for our workforce.

My experience as a small business owner, bringing people together to achieve common goals and create jobs with sensible business plans, will continue to ensure a vibrant economy on the Central Coast. This is what I offer you as your Assemblywoman for the 35th District. I have the ability and real world experience to get us there, but need your help to create the change we desire. I respectfully ask for your support and your vote.