USA Today reports:
Kelly Ernby, a deputy district attorney in Orange County, California, and vocal opponent of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, died at the age of 46. Her death comes a week after telling friends she was sick with COVID-19.
Ernby spent the past 10 years in her role with the county, specializing in environmental and consumer law, according to District Attorney Todd Spitzer.
In 2020, the Huntington Beach resident ran for the California State Assembly and vowed to "bring back conservative values in California." After she lost the primary race, she became active in local GOP politics, eventually being elected as a central committee member for the Orange County GOP. She was expected to once again run for the Assembly this year.
In the past year, Ernby had become a vocal critic of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, the Associated Press reported.
In December, the Daily Titan reported Ernby was a speaker at an anti-vaccine mandate rally put on by Cal State Fullerton and the University of Californina, Irvine chapters of Turning Point USA. At the rally, Ernby compared the vaccine issue to the 1960s when "people faced losing freedoms to socialist ideas."
"There’s nothing that matters more than our freedoms right now,” she said at the time.
Her husband, Axel Mattias Ernby, dismissed a claim by a Facebook user she died because of blood clots she got from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, according to SF Gate.
"She was NOT vaccinated," her husband wrote. "That was the problem."
In 1980, I was drawn to the conservative movement because of its high ideals and well-developed principles. I find it appalling that the movement has regressed to the point that people think being a conservative in 2021 means opposing vaccines that will help end a pandemic that has claimed over 800,000 American lives. That is not what conservativism means.