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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
Special District

El Toro Water DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Kathryn Freshley

Director, El Toro Water District
11,783 votes (39.1%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure customers pay the lowest water rates practical while maintaining the District's water and wastewater infrastructure
  • Improve ETWD's water reliability against droughts by emphasizing recycled water supplies and conservation strategies
  • Communicate proactively with district customers to make sure they receive the best possible services at the lowest cost



Profession:Businesswoman, Licensed Professional Engineer
Director, El Toro Water District — Appointed position (2018–current)
Alternate Public Member, Orange County Local Agency Formulation Commission — Appointed position (2016–2018)
Director, Golden Rain Foundation — Elected position (2014–2017)
Director, Third Laguna Hills Mutual of Laguna Woods Village — Elected position (2008–2014)


University of Kansas, Virginia Institute of Technology, State University of New York and General Electric Institute Bachelor of Science, graduate studies and General Electric Management Development and Executive Development programs, Electrical engineering, systems engineering and business administration (1974)

Community Activities

Member and Volunteer, Executive Women's Golf Association (1998–current)


I am a Licensed Professional Engineer with graduate management education and over 35+ years working in increasingly responsible industry positions in engineering, executive management, business and strategic planning and financial systems and controls. I have been putting my prior business knowledge to help address many public issues.

 In 2015, the OC Register recognized me as One of OC’s Most Influential Community Leaders. I served six years on the Laguna Woods Village (LWV) Third Mutual HOA, three of which as Treasurer with a $35 million budget.  I was also President of the LWV Golden Rain Foundation with a combined budget of $100 million and led the community to change its governance model to that of a self-governed municipality. 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Water is a natural resource we often take for granted.  However, in Southern California, this resource must be carefully managed for the benefit of all. This requires board members who have good technical and financial backgrounds and have demonstrated the capability to provide leadership through challenging issues when there are many stakeholders who have different opinions on what should be done.


As the recent (alternative) Public member of the Orange County Local Agency Formulation Commission, I have experience and, more importantly, a clearer understanding of the critical issues affecting both local and statewide water delivery systems. As a commission member, I was a strong advocate for local control of public land and utilties.

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