Kelly Ernby, a political newcomer who ran as a Republican for an Orange County state Assembly seat two years ago, died this week of COVID-19. She was 46 years old.
She worked as an O.C. deputy district attorney for ten years in addition to her political activism.
Spitzer lauded Ernby’s energy as a member of his agency’s Environmental Protection Team, calling it an “absolute privilege” to fight alongside her.
Ernby’s death was announced publicly on Monday morning when local Republican politicians and party activists began paying tribute to her life.
What Happened To Kelly Ernby? Activist and Deputy DA Died after Illness Age 46
Kelly Ernby, a political newcomer who ran for an Orange County legislature seat as a Republican two years ago, died as of December 4, 2022.
In addition to her political activities, she was the O.C. Deputy District Legal professional for ten years,
So very sad to learn of the sudden passing of Deputy District Attorney Kelly Ernby. Kelly was an outstanding public servant and an even better person. Kelly, you will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/FvB5CEDs5A
— Supervisor Don Wagner (@DonWagnerCA) January 4, 2022
Ernby lives in Huntington Seashore and is 46 years old. “The Orange County District Legal professional’s Workplace may be very dissatisfied with the sudden and unexpected death of the deputy district governor.”
In a press release, District Attorney Todd Spitzer was mentioned. “Kelly is a vivacious and enthusiastic lawyer.” He cares deeply about the work we do as prosecutors—and deeply about the communities we all work so hard to protect.”
Kelly Ernby Death Cause- How Did She Die?
Kelly Ernby, a presumed 2022 state Assembly candidate, was only 46 years old. Unfortunately, according to the Los Angeles Times, she became ill shortly after speaking out against vaccine mandates at a Turning Point USA rally on December 4.
“Right now, nothing matters more than our freedoms,” she was quoted as saying to the crowd at Irvine City Hall during the rally.
Rest In Peace Kelly Ernby. What a passionate and devoted conservative. After losing a bid for the Assembly two years ago she channeled her energy into a new challenge as Precinct Chair for the OCGOP. She was in her 40’s – too young. Yeah, she had COVID. ? to her family. Sigh.
— Jon Fleischman (@FlashReport) January 3, 2022
It was unclear where or how she became infected with the virus. However, her death prompted an outpouring of condolences from colleagues who praised her passion and experience.
While she had publicly expressed her opposition to COVID-19 vaccine mandates, it was unclear whether she had been immunized against the virus.
Kelly Ernby Family
Ernby grew up in San Diego, the daughter of Navy veterans.
She graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law and was hired by the Irvine office of Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher.
Ernby took a pay cut in 2011 to work for the Orange County district attorney’s office until her death.
Axel, Ernby’s husband, survives her.