Former Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez Endorses Colonel Doug Applegate for Congress

Sanchez says Applegate will Best Represent Working Families, Veterans, Seniors

October 17, 2017 – Today, former Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez endorsed Colonel Doug Applegate for California’s 49th Congressional District against Darrel Issa, saying Doug is the candidate with the courage to bring much-needed change to Washington DC. 

“Congressional Representatives face many tough decisions on the economy, national security, and healthcare, and I trust Doug Applegate will fight to protect seniors, veterans, and working families,” said Loretta Sanchez. “I’m proud to endorse his candidacy and encourage others to join me in supporting Doug Applegate for Congress.” 

In 1996, Loretta Sanchez beat conservative congressman Bob Dornan and went on to serve 20 years in the United States Congress representing Santa Ana, Orange, and Anaheim. She was a high-ranking member of the Armed Services Committee and Homeland Security Committee. 

“It’s an honor to have Loretta’s endorsement and vote of confidence for my candidacy,” said Colonel Applegate. "In Congress, I will work tirelessly for policies that create good paying jobs, increase educational opportunities, protect our coastlines and environment, and fight for Medicare-for-All.” 

Momentum continues to grow for the Democratic candidate to replace Darrell Issa. Colonel Applegate has received the endorsement of VoteVets, National Nurses United (NNU), California State Association of Letter Carriers, California State American Postal Workers Union (APWU), IBEW Local 441, IBEW Local 47, Roofers and Waterproofers Local 220, Local 582 of the Plumbers, Steamfitters, Welders & Apprentices Union, and Plasterers Union Local 200. Applegate will again challenge controversial incumbent Rep. Darrell Issa to represent the 49th District in the June 2018 primary, promising to overcome the narrowest (1,621) vote gap of the 2016 election cycle. 


Douglas Applegate is a Colonel USMCR (retired). Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Marine Corps, the Department of the Navy, or the Department of Defense.