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|Member of the Irvine City Council|
December 11, 2012
November 7, 2000–December 14, 2004
|Mayor of Irvine, California|
December 14, 2004–December 9, 2008
|Preceded by||Larry Agran|
|Succeeded by||Sukhee Kang|
December 17, 1958 |
Buffalo, New York
|Alma mater||University of Texas at Austin|
Beth Krom (née Weinstein, born 1958) is an Irvine, California, council member and was twice mayor of the city, as a Democrat. Krom received a B.S. in education from the University of Texas, Austin.
Krom, the daughter of news anchor Irv Weinstein. was born in Buffalo and attended P.S. 81 in North Buffalo through second grade. In 1965, her family moved to the nearby suburb of Kenmore, New York where Beth attended Lindbergh Elementary, Kenmore Junior High and Kenmore West High School.
In 2000 Beth Krom first ran for public office as a candidate for City Council. Out of a field of eleven candidates, she came in third, winning a two-year term. In 2002, she won re-election to the City Council as the top vote-getter and in 2004 she won her first term as Mayor of Irvine. In 2006, Beth Krom was re-elected with almost 60% of the vote, the largest margin of victory for any Mayor in a competitive race in the city’s history.
During her term as Mayor, Irvine was recognized as the Safest Big City in America four years in a row and earned recognition as one of the “100 Best Communities for Young People” twice. In addition, the city’s “rainy day reserves” were tripled to more than $30 million during her term. Krom and fellow council member, Larry Agran, led the fight to defeat a plan to turn the abandoned El Toro Marine Corps base into a commercial airport. That land is now the site of a still-to-be-completed Great Park, as well as residential housing.
In 2008, with term limits preventing her from running for a third term as Mayor, Beth Krom was again elected to the Irvine City Council, earning the first place spot with a lead of more than 8000 votes over the second-place finisher.
2010 Run for Congress
In March 2009, Beth Krom announced her plans to run for Congress in the 48th Congressional District of California. The Beth Krom for Congress campaign has embraced a “Mrs. Krom Goes to Washington” theme to reinforce the importance of engaging people in the democratic process. She was defeated by incumbent Republican John B. T. Campbell III.