Plastics business founder Marilyn Brewer intends to run for Congress to fill the seat that Christopher Cox is vacating to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Brewer was a founder of injection molder C. Brewer Co. in 1965 and handled most accounting and administrative functions until she left the Southern California business in 1984. ``I never ran a machine, but I did everything else,'' she said.
Under family ownership and operation, C. Brewer employs 200 and runs 50 presses with clamping forces of 40-500 tons. It has facilities in Anaheim and Irvine, Calif.
Brewer, a mainstream Republican from Newport Beach, faces an uphill fight in the election, which probably will be Nov. 8. The 48th Congressional District of California covers a dozen Orange County cities including Irvine, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Santa Ana.
Brewer served as a member of the California Assembly from 1994-2000. She upset the Orange County Republican establishment in winning her first race with 34 percent of the vote among three candidates.
Once Cox vacates his seat, Brewer anticipates running against a right-wing GOP candidate, state Sen. John Campbell, and others including former Rep. Robert Dornan. Brewer said she and Campbell have similar fiscal views, but they part company on social issues.