Kelly Ernby Wiki/Bio
Kelly Ernby, an Orange County Deputy District Attorney who ran for state Assembly in 2020 and rose through the ranks of the Republican Party of Orange County, died unexpectedly just a week after alerting friends she was sick with COVID-19.
Chairman of the Greater Costa Mesa Republicans, Ben Chapman, confirmed his “dear friend” Ernby’s cause of death on Twitter.
Chapman wrote, “My heart is broken and I’m in tears. I lost a dear friend to Covid complications. I love you @KellyErnby,”
“You’ve been nothing but an inspiration to many of us here in Orange County.”
She was 46 years old.
She graduated from Chula Vista’s Bonita Vista High School in 1993 and went on to UC Santa Barbara for her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, the University of San Diego for her law degree, and the University of Southern California for her master’s degree in public administration.
Ernby has 19 years of legal experience, including more than a decade as a deputy district attorney in Orange County, where she focused on environmental and consumer protection matters.
She was also a member of the Orange County Environmental Law Enforcement Task Force, the California Consumer Protection Council’s southern branch, and the California Military Consumer Protection Task Force.
Mattias Ernby is the husband of Kelly Ernby.
How Did Kelly Ernby Die?
It wasn’t obvious where or how she got the infection right away. Her death prompted a flood of comments from colleagues, who lauded her for her dedication and experience.
On Monday, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer wrote a lengthy Twitter thread about Ernby, praising her, “an incredibly vibrant and passionate attorney who cared deeply about the work that we do as prosecutors—and deeply about the community we all fight so hard to protect.”
“It was an absolute privilege to fight the good fight alongside Kelly,” Spitzer wrote. “Her passion and her shining light will be forever missed.”
In other words, GOP politician Kelly Ernby, a vocal opponent of COVID vaccine mandates, f*cked around and found out. https://t.co/AjAmdOV2tB
— Cat D. (@apecatlady) January 4, 2022
Kelly Ernby, 46, a Republican deputy district attorney has died abruptly after telling friends she contracted COVID-19. she fell ill shortly after speaking out against vaccine mandates at a rally on dec 4. “There’s nothing that matters more than our freedoms right now,” https://t.co/WtBUlFCgHo pic.twitter.com/Kfxa9IQLuj
— Joe Wiggins (@flamecrash3223) January 4, 2022