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Our June 2019 Speaker – Steve Vaus, Mayor of Poway

Steve-Vaus-200x300STEVE VAUS, Mayor of Poway

Steve Vaus, Mayor of Poway, will be the guest speaker for The Escondido Republican Club (TERC) at their monthly lunchtime meeting on Monday, June 17, 2019.  Vaus was elected in 2012 to a four-year term on the Poway City Council and then elected to Mayor of Poway on November 4, 2014.  Vaus is now running for San Diego County Supervisor for District 2 which is the largest of the county’s five districts, encompassing 2,000 square miles. It includes the cities of Poway, El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Santee and the eastern part of the City of San Diego. It also includes a number of unincorporated communities and Native American reservations in East County.  Vaus also serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Association of Governments as well as the agency’s Executive Committee in addition to serving as SANDAG’s alternate to the National Association of Regional Councils.

Our May 2019 Speaker – Ruth Weiss, Election Integrity Project California, Inc.

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Vice President, Co-Founder

Election Integrity Project California, Inc. (EIPCa)

Ruth’s father was a U.S. History teacher, who taught using primary documents to instill a deep understanding of this country’s real roots and purpose. As a result, she grew up with a healthy respect for America and everything that has made her exceptional.

After retiring from 34 years of teaching high school English and Spanish, and with her children grown and prospering in their own right, Ruth began to search for a new way of contributing to society and her fellow citizens.

The evidence that all is not well with California’s electoral process became clear to Ruth and many California citizens in the early years of the new century. She believes, as every American should, that voting in every election is the greatest privilege we have as American citizens, and the single most important act that we will ever do for ourselves and our posterity. But if our election process is subverted by error, apathy, carelessness and fraud, then we are robbed of the significance and purpose of the great privilege of voting, and that leads directly to the demise of our Republic.

Through great consideration and prayer, Ruth came to understand that being involved with the Election Integrity Project was her next calling, and she began working with them as San Diego County Coordinator in February of 2011, just two months after the company’s founding.

In March of 2017, Ruth Weiss and Linda Paine began the effort to found a nonprofit organization to continue the work of the Election Integrity Project. On July 21, 2017, with the help of returning EIP Board member Ellen Gifford and some pro-bono assistance from several attorneys, the Election Integrity Project California, Inc. (EIPCa) was officially recognized as a 501(c)(3) California public benefit nonprofit corporation.

Ruth is currently serving as EIPCa’s Vice President, Director of Legislative Oversight and Director of the Southern Region of California, consisting of San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Ruth is grateful to her husband David for his support and assistance in this mission, and proud of her two grown and very accomplished sons, Aaron and Andy. Her life and work are first and foremost dedicated to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through whom all things are possible.

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.

Our October 2018 Speaker – Marie Waldron

Assemblywoman Marie Waldron – 75th Assembly District

MarieWaldronMarie Waldron is a small business owner, mom and experienced elected official. She has served in the California State Assembly since 2012 and is Minority Floor Leader and the Leadership team for the Republican Caucus. She serves on Assembly Health, Governmental Organization and Rules committees. Marie is also Vice Chair of the Local Government committee. Through her work of advocating for patient care and access, she was honored by both the CA Life Sciences Association and the CA Chronic Care Coalition as Legislator of the Year for 2015. Prior to her election to the Assembly, Waldron served for 14 years on the Escondido City Council and multiple boards and agencies. Waldron also served as Escondido’s Deputy Mayor, on the Board of Directors and the Budget subcommittee for the North County Transit District, the city’s representative to the League of California Cities, the Regional Solid Waste Association Board, and Escondido’s Investment, public works and public safety subcommittees. Her commitment to her city was recognized by the Escondido Rotary Club when she was presented their Outstanding Community Service Award.

Marie and her husband, Steve, have owned and operated Top End Tees Screen-printing and Apparel in Escondido for over 20 years. Waldron has also been a member of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Association and many other groups. She served 4 years as Honorary Chairman of the California Business Advisory Council which advocated on behalf of California’s small businesses to Congress.

Active in the San Diego region, Waldron was a founding member of the San Diego chapter of CWLA (California Women’s Leadership Association), and is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

The Waldron’s have a 16-year old son and Steve is the founder of the successful “Cruisin’ Grand” hotrod event held in downtown Escondido since 1999. Marie has a B.S. degree from St. John’s University and has done graduate work at UCSD and SDSU.

Our August 2018 Speaker is: Jeff Isaac – ‘Lawyer in Blue Jeans’

Jeff Isaac – ‘Lawyer in Blue Jeans’

JeffFountainA common sense, down-to-earth approach to law is difficult to find.  Jeff Isaac, ‘The Lawyer in Blue Jeans’, has been on television and radio for the last 20 years and currently can be heard on TALK RADIO STATION AM760 from 9:00 to 10:00 AM on Sunday mornings. For our meeting, Isaac’s topic will be:

‘How to keep the government OUT of our lives’. 

Isaac has taken Estate Planning to a level of comfort. He is the senior lawyer at the Lawyer in Blue Jeans Group, one of the top Estate Planning law firms in San Diego. Customized Estate Plans, Trust Administration, and Probate are what his firm focuses on. They provide quality protection from Probate court while treating their clients with the respect that they deserve.