“The 2014 Assembly race to replace termed-out Assemblywoman Diane Harkey is getting crowded fast, with former Laguna Niguel Mayor Paul Glaab‘s entry Thursday bringing the Republican field to five in the heavily GOP south county district,” according to Total Buzz.
Martin Wisckol reports that Glaab “has the backing of Shawn Nelson, chairman of the county Board of Supervisors, Mission Viejo Councilman Frank Ury, and Laguna Beach Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson.”
This is all a bit awkward as Glaab is a government consultant. According to his website, his services include:
- Government Relations/Advocacy
- Issues Management
- Community Relations, Outreach and Public Education
- Media Relations/Communications
I found an online bio with some more details about Glaab, who termed out of the Laguna Niguel City Council last year:
Director Glaab has served on the Laguna Niguel City Council since 2004 where he is presently Mayor Pro Tem. As a member of the OCTA Board of Directors, Glaab represents the Fifth District in south Orange County. He is a member of the Regional Planning and Highways Committee and serves as Vice Chairman of the Legislative and Governmental Affairs/Public Communications Committee.
Director Glaab serves on several regional government organizations, including the Orange County League of Cities where he is a member of the Executive Steering Committee; a Board Member on the Orange County Council of Governments representing District 12; and the Southern California Association of Governments where he serves on the Regional Council, Transportation & Communications Committee and serves as Vice Chairman of the Aviation Committee.
Prior to his election to Laguna Niguel City Council, Director Glaab was a member of the Laguna Niguel Traffic Commission, serving as its Chairman in 2004. Director Glaab is involved in many community organizations, including the Laguna Niguel Rotary Club and the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce where he currently serves as Chairman of the chamber’s Ambassadors. Director Glaab also serves on the Legislative Committee of the South County Community College District.
In June 2005, Director Glaab was appointed a Commissioner to the State Mandates Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger where he continues to serve. In addition, Director Glaab was elected to the Central Committee for the Orange County Republican Party in 2004, and was re-elected in 2006.
Director Glaab served as the Senior Consultant for Business, Transportation and Housing to the Republican Leader in the California State Assembly, before moving on to serve in both Governor Deukmejian and Governor Wilson administrations. Under the Wilson administration, Director Glaab worked as the Assistant Director of External and Intergovernmental Affairs for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) where he was responsible for working with cities and counties throughout the State.
Director Glaab was an airline executive for over 15 years with Continental Airlines. During his tenure with the company, he served as Director of Marketing and Sales in the South Pacific. Currently, he is President and CEO of Glaab and Associates, a public affairs and political consulting firm in Orange County he founded in 1999.
Director Glaab attended Long Beach State University. He and his wife, Janice, reside in Laguna Niguel where they are raising their daughter, Molly.