Cavecche, Carolyn

Former mayor of Orange





An oral history with Caroline Cavecche, a longtime resident of Orange, California. She is a former mayor and city councilmember of Orange, and has served on several regional agencies. Cavecche currently serves as President and CEO of the Orange County Taxpayers Association. The interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project for California State University, Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History. Specifically, this interview covers Cavecche’s early childhood in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Irvine, California; briefly discusses her parents’ work history and grandmother’s involvement in Republican politics; talks about childhood aspirations; discusses close relationship to her grandmother and acquired family values; remembers attending Cal State Long Beach and earning a degree in Microbiology; recalls how she met her husband and starting a family in Orange; discusses her start in public affairs and helping the City of Orange write an ordinance regarding displaying matter harmful to minors; speaks about early involvement with the City of Orange, ranging from the Cable Video Advisory Board to the Library Board of Trustees; explains in detail how she campaigned and won a special election—and subsequent reelection—to become the second woman on the Orange City Council; discusses how she balanced home and work life; shares memories of election night and serving as mayor of Orange; recalls guiding Orange through the Great Recession of 2007-2008; describes relationship with other women on the council; speaks about the differences in female and male leadership; explains why she decided to leave city council; discusses in detail what she is most proud of while on city council; talks about experiences on the Orange County Transportation Authority; discusses her current position at OC Taxpayers Association; briefly talks about contributions and importance of women in politics; gives advice to those wanting to be involved in public affairs; provides her thoughts on feminism; talks about the current state of politics in America, and the effects of social media on elections; reflects on how politics shaped the person she is today; closes with final remarks regarding the importance of community and making personal successes.


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Description> Portrait of Carolyn Cavecche, 2010.