Manuel Chavez was part of the City of Costa Mesa’s historic first cycle of District Elections in 2018. He became the first Latino ever elected to Costa Mesa City Council representing the Westside for Costa Mesa Council District 4.
During his first term as City Council Member, Manuel has played a key role in major city issues. He serves as Council Liaison to the Housing and Public Service Grant Committee, Fairview Park Steering Committee and Historical Preservation Committee. Additionally, Manuel served as a key member of the City Council's Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee to oversee the implementation of Measure Q.
Growing up in Westside Costa Mesa, Manuel attended our local public schools, including Pomona, Rea, Twinkle, and Estancia High School. While at Estancia High School, he became heavily involved with the Save Our Youth program (SOY), where he continues to volunteer time to this day.
After graduating from Estancia, Manuel attended UC Irvine where he double majored in Political Science and Religious Studies. He became very involved with the College Democrats at UCI and the Orange County Young Democrats, serving as President of the College Democrats.
A lifelong Costa Mesa resident, Manuel remains involved with his church and previously served for years as a group leader with the Youth Ministry at Christ Cathedral.
Manuel currently works as a Constituent Services Manager for Orange County District 2 Supervisor Katrina Foley.