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Our April 2019 Speaker – SupervisorKristin Gaspar, District #3


Supervisor Kristin Gaspar of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors represents the Third District.  She is the youngest woman ever elected to the board.  Prior to becoming a Supervisor, Kristin was an Encinitas City Council Member and went on to become the first elected Mayor in that city. She also served as President of the Encinitas Rotary Club.

In her first year as Supervisor, Kristin partnered with Supervisor Dianne Jacob on the “Alzheimer’s Project” and again for the launch of the “Seniors in Crisis” initiative.  Both increased funding for research and issues affecting caregivers.

Kristin was also instrumental in providing funding for new technology that will improve early detection of wildfires in areas of the County that are most prone to wildfires.

She is the first elected official from San Diego County to meet with the President of the United States in strategy sessions regarding local and state issues.

Kristin attended Arizona State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism.  She and her husband, Paul, have three children and live in Encinitas.

Our March 2019 Speaker – Supervisor Jim Desmond, District #5

JDJim Desmond was elected to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in November of 2018. Prior to that he was elected Mayor of San Marcos in November 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and in 2014.  For two years prior to mayor, Desmond served as a San Marcos City Council member.

In addition to mayoral duties, Mayor Desmond is the City’s primary representative on the board of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and is the chair of the SANDAG Regional Transportation Committee.  Mayor Desmond also serves as chair of the San Marcos Fire Protection District. Since 2007, he represents the North County Inland Cities (San Marcos, Vista, Escondido, and Poway) as a board Member of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

Desmond’s city service started in 2000 as president of the board of San Marcos Economic Development Corporation (SMEDC) until 2002. From 2002 to 2004, Desmond served as an alternate on the city planning commission.

Mayor Desmond is a US Navy Veteran. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University.  He completed the Leadership North County program at California State University San Marcos.  In the 1990s he founded, managed and sold Technical Standards, Inc. a technical writing and document company. Desmond served as a San Marcos Chamber of Commerce board member.

A resident of San Marcos since 1992, Desmond was active in the community serving as the first parent teacher president of Twin Oaks Elementary School. Desmond remains involved and is a member of the San Marcos Kiwanis Club and serves as a board member of the San Diego and Imperial County Boy Scouts of America.

Since 1986, Mayor Desmond is currently employed as a captain for Delta Air Lines flying Boeing 757s and 767s domestic and internationally.

Mayor Jim Desmond and his wife Kerri of 32 years reside in San Marcos.  They have two grown children.

Our February 2019 Speaker – Carl DeMaio – ‘Reform California’

Carl DeMaio – ‘Reform California’

optnsteinfeedsdropboxphotoinROCHE-2395-DeMaio_sNtgY3e.jpg.optimizedFormed in 2003 by former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, Reform California is dedicated to holding state and local government accountable and fighting costly and unfair taxes, mandates, and fees because working families cannot afford a higher cost of living — and state and local politicians already have enough of our money.

Our January 2019 Speaker – Mayor Paul McNamara, City of Escondido

sd-1539293627-8b7nlb17sr-snap-imageMayor Paul McNamara, City of Escondido

Mac has lived in Escondido with his family for over 20 years.  He is the Executive Director of the MCRD Museum Foundation, providing programs for veterans, active duty and at-risk youth. Previously, he served as GM and owner of a for profit corporation specializing in Technical and Engineering services.  Prior to his industry career, Mac transitioned as a USMC Colonel after 27+ years. During his Marine Corps service, Mac served world-wide, to include diplomatic duty in Mexico City, Mexico. He was the Chief of Staff for I MEF leading the staff in the planning and execution of immediate post 9/11 Marine Corps operational activities in Afghanistan, Iraq and other parts of the world. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Mac is a member of numerous community organizations, including the Escondido Rotary Club, Escondido Charitable Foundation, and the VFW among others. He served 8 years as an elected trustee of the Palomar Community College Governing Board.

Our November 2018 Speaker – John Franklin

JBF2013HeadshotVista Councilman John Franklin – Owner, Pacific Political, Inc.

What went wrong and what went right us a question we will address at the next TERC meeting Monday, November 19, 2018. John Franklin, a leading election consultant with both National and local experience, will be our speaker. His insight about the election will be extremely interesting.