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26 Bay Area Republicans Make Top Two
More Will Run in Local Races
In the June 7th primary election 26 Bay Area Republican candidates reached the top two runoff in the 12 counties covered by BayAreaGOP, according to results as of this writing. Republican candidates advanced to the November runoff in 15 legislative seats and 11 congressional seats. San Mateo County’s Angel Cardenas qualified by write-in for Congressional District 14.
Impressive results came from the East Bay where Assembly Member Catharine Baker bested her opponent by 6 percent in a race that will be rerun in November. Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen won reelection unopposed.
In the San Jose City Council races two Republicans won outright, and two others head to a November runoff. Incumbent Council Member Johnny Khamis was reelected with a big win. Lan Diep pulled a big upset by defeating the incumbent with 50.1% of the vote. In South San Jose’s District 2 Steve Brown finished in a near-tie for first. Dev Davis was the top finisher in Willow Glen’s District 6.
The Secretary of State will certify results on July 15. Republican candidates for Congress, Assembly and State Senate are listed on the BayAreaGOP General Election Candidates page.
Many more Republicans will be running in local races in the fall. The filing period will be July 18 to August 12.
Steve Brown for San Jose City Council, District 2
Steve Brown wants to put his business and security background to work for the citizens of South San Jose’s District Two as their next city council member.
As a council member, Steve Brown would focus on fiscal responsibility, safeguarding the city, and employment growth. His other priorities are vocational education, attracting business, traffic relief, and bipartisanship in city government.
In the first round of voting Brown did very well, coming in a very close second to his labor-backed opponent in a four-way race. He was endorsed by the Santa Clara County Republican Party and co-endorsed by the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce.
District Two straddles Highway 101 in south San Jose and includes the Edenvale, Santa Teresa, and Coyote Valley areas. (See the map.)
Steve Brown has worked in positions managing global security programs for some of the world’s largest tech companies. He founded his own security consultation company, which has grown to employ some 120 people across four states.
Steve gained national attention in 2012 when he intervened in the escape of armed bank robbers in District 2 after they robbed a Bank of America. He captured and subdued a suspect. (See the video.) He was subsequently awarded the Ross Donald Good Citizen Award by the San Jose Police Department.
Steve Brown first arrived in San Jose in 1990. He attended Santa Teresa High School in District 2, where he met Rosa, his future wife. After graduating in 1993 Steve interned with District 2 City Councilmember Charlotte Powers as a community worker.
As a college student he went on to work for the San Jose Police Department, through Mayor Susan Hammer’s Gang Taskforce, as a Community Worker counseling at risk youth in South San Jose. Additionally, Steve worked for the Oak Grove Unified School District at Bernal Intermediate School, as a Guidance Aide.
In 1996, Steve graduated from the Police Academy (self sponsored) and started a career in global security within the world of Silicon Valley tech, where he quickly moved up through the ranks.
Steve tells voters, “I grew up in San Jose. I graduated from Santa Teresa High. I met my wife, built a business, and am raising my family here. That is why I am committed to listening to my neighbors and working hard every day to make this city better and safer for them – and you.”
Steve and his wife Rosa live in South San Jose. They have two children.
You can find out more about Steve Brown on his campaign website.
GOP IN THE NEWS
By Matt Fleming
July 19, 2016
Republicans in the state Legislature are thought to have a challenging election cycle this year. The outcome in November will determine whether the GOP has enough seats in the state Assembly and state Senate to maintain relevance in legislative matters.
Many factors are contributing to the angst, not the least of which is that Donald Trump as the GOP nominee is a wild card. No one knows yet how the reality T.V. star and real estate tycoon will affect down-ticket races — although Democrats are anticipating this will help them.
By David Kersten
Fox & Hounds
July 13, 2016
Orange County Register reporter Teri Sforza quietly released a story that blows the whistle on another fiscal bombshell of bad news at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS).
The story states that according to unofficial preliminary numbers from CalPERS the fund lost about 2% of its market value in the 2015-16 fiscal year that just ended–which represents an estimated $28.5 billion increase in the fund’s unfunded liabilities, according to my rough calculations.
By Christopher Cadelago
July 12, 2016
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer will announce Wednesday that he plans to help lead the opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown’s statewide fall ballot initiative to make some felons eligible for early parole.
Faulconer, among the state’s most prominent Republicans, is scheduled to appear with a trio of county prosecutors and victims’ rights advocate Marc Klaas at an 11 a.m. event in San Diego.
“Every family deserves to feel safe in their homes and community,” Faulconer said in a prepared statement Tuesday. “But Prop. 57 would make it easier for criminals who have committed deplorable, violent crimes to be eligible for early release.
By Chris Reed
July 6, 2016
Proposition 57 — the newly numbered November “parole reform” ballot measure championed by Gov. Jerry Brown — has already proven controversial. The measure was revised and expanded dramatically late in the authorization process. The California Supreme Court gave its blessing to the maneuver, but a dissent implicitly likened the maneuver to the “gut-and-amend” practice used by the Legislature with hollowed-out bills in the final days of most summer sessions.
Now a much more relatable, explosive controversy looms over the proposed state constitutional amendment — one that threatens its passage and could buffet the U.S. Senate campaign of state Attorney General Kamala Harris and damage Brown’s reputation.
LIST OF UPCOMING GOP EVENTS
- A Discussion with Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)
Friday, July 29, 2016 / 7:00 pm – Home of Dr. Vanila and Dr. Anup Singh, Address available upon RSVP, Woodside
Drs. Vanila and Anup Singh, along with a distinguished host committee, will hold a discussion with Congressman Pete Session (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules. He will discuss the “World’s Greatest Healthcare Bill.” View the invitation.
RSVP: Reply to Dr. Vanila Singh at (408) 603-5627 or by email to email@example.com. Cost: Guest – $500; Sponsor – $1000; Host – $2700 to benefit Pete Sessions for Congress.
- Republican Campaign College
Saturday, July 30, 2016 / 11:00 am – Barbara Lee Senior Center, 40 N Milpitas Blvd., Milpitas
SVGOP and The Lincoln Club will present their Campaign College for candidates and campaign managers who are serious about running and winning elections. This will be an intensive one-day training provided by expert political instructors. Topics will include Campaign Messaging, Voter Engagement, Campaign Finance and Fundraising.
RSVP: Email SVGOP Executive Director Izaak Pichardo to apply for the program. Space will be limited so apply ASAP!
- Volunteer at the Sonoma County Fair
Monday, August 1, 2016 / 11:00 am – Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa
The Republican Party of Sonoma County will host an information booth at the Sonoma County Fair July 22 – August 7. Volunteers are needed to register voters and engage people in positive conversation.
- Southern Monterey RWF Luncheon Featuring Mark Carbonero
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 / 11:30 am – Lawrence’s Restaurant, 611 Canal Street, King City
The Southern Monterey County Republican Women Federated will hold their General Membership Meeting with guest speaker Mark Carbonero, Program Director and Political Commentator for KION Radio in Salinas. He will discuss the Republican National Convention and the Election. View the invitation for more details.
RSVP: For more information and to make reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Karen at (831) 385-1333. Cost: $15. Gather at 11:30am; Lunch served as you arrive.
- Volunteer at the Santa Clara County Fair
Thursday, August 4, 2016 / 1:00 pm – Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose
The Santa Clara County Republican Party needs volunteers at the County Fair GOP booth. Help is needed to staff the table and register new Republicans.
RSVP: Sign up for one or more shifts on August 4 – 7 at this link.
- Meet Napa City Council Candidate Doris Gentry
Thursday, August 4, 2016 / 5:00 pm – the Roost Napa, 1407 2nd Street, Napa
It’s Customer Appreciation Day at the Roost in Napa and also an opportunity to meet Napa City Council Candidate Doris Gentry.
- Solano County Republican Central Committee Meeting
Thursday, August 4, 2016 / 7:00 pm – Republican Headquarters, 625 Jackson Street, Fairfield
The Republican Party of Solano County normally meets on the first Thursday of every month. This is an open public meeting, so bring a friend. Contact them at 707-422-5000.
- SFGOP Booth at the Nihonmachi Street Fair
Saturday, August 6, 2016 / All day – Japantown, Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets, San Francisco
Visit the San Francisco Republican Party booth Saturday-Sunday, August 6-7, at the Nihonmachi Street Fair. Fair info
- Patiño for Union City Council Taco Fundraiser
Saturday, August 6, 2016 / 11:00 am – Kennedy Park Amphitheater, 1333 Decoto Road, Union City
Jaime Patiño invites you to join him in the Amphitheater at Kennedy Park where he will be selling tacos made from scratch by Union City’s own – Jesse Mendoza. Elvis Tribute Artist George Silva and his band “The King and Us” will be playing, all to support Jaime’s Union City Council race.
- Volunteer at the San Jose Tamale Festival
Saturday, August 6, 2016 / 12:00 pm – Emma Prusch Farm Park, 647 S King Road, San Jose
The Santa Clara County Republican Party needs volunteers at the San Jose Tamale Festival GOP booth. Help is needed to staff the table and register new Republicans.
RSVP: Sign up for one or more shifts on August 6 – 7 at this link.
- Reception in Support of Assemblywoman Catharine Baker
Sunday, August 7, 2016 / 5:30 pm – Private Residence, Address available upon RSVP, Danville
Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes and CRP Chairman Jim Brulte will be special guests at a reception in support of Assemblywoman Catharine Baker. The event will include wine tasting and local microbrews as well as a paella dinner by celebrity chef Joe Gonzales. View the invitation.
RSVP: Contact Julie Westlake at (916) 458-2828 or email@example.com. Ticket Prices: $100 per person or $150 per couple; $1,000 – East Bay Sponsor with more sponsor opportunities. VIP & Sponsor Reception begins at 5:30pm; General Reception at 6:30pm.
- Wine Reception & Dinner with US Senate Candidate Joe Heck (R-NV)
Monday, August 8, 2016 / 6:00 pm – Cline Guest Villa, 24737 Arnold Drive, Sonoma
There is a rare opportunity to pick up a Democrat seat in Nevada and Californians can help by supporting Joe Heck. Nancy and Fred Cline invite you to a Wine Reception and Private Dinner with Harry Reid’s potential successor in the U.S. Senate. Congressman Joe Heck is also a physician, Brigadier General and businessman. Come meet the candidate and help keep a GOP majority in the Senate.
RSVP: Contact Kristin Hueter at (510) 520-0348 or (415) 279-0468. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost: $1000 p/guest or $1,500 per couple for the reception; $2700 p/Co-Host or $5000 p/couple for the reception and private dinner. View the response form.
- Reception to Support Congressional Candidate Casey Lucius
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 / 6:00 pm – Alexander Lloyd Residence, Address available upon RSVP, San Francisco
Co-Hosts Alexander Lloyd, Ben T. Smith, IV and Niccolo De Masi invite you to a reception supporting Pacific Grove City Council Member and Candidate for Congress Casey Lucius. View the invitation.
RSVP: Reply to Laura McCook at email@example.com. Cost: $1,000 per person or $2,500 to be a Co-Host.
- Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley Special Event with Andrew C. McCarthy
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 / 6:15 pm – IFES Portuguese Hall, 432 Stierlin Road, Mountain View
The Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley welcomes as their next speaker former US Attorney and National Review Senior Fellow Andy McCarthy. He led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against the “blind sheik” Omar Abdel Rahman and his cohort and will explain the willful blindness behind the Obama administration’s refusal to acknowledge the Islam in radical Islam.
RSVP: Register online. Cost: 2016 Premium Members – Free; 2016 Members – $15 online or $20 at the door; Non-members – $25 online or $30 at the door; $10 for active military and full-time students (show ID at door). Doors open at 6:15pm; Program begins at 7:00pm. Learn more on their website.
- SFGOP Central Committee Endorsements Meeting
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 / 6:30 pm – Hiram Johnson State Building (downstairs meeting rooms), 455 Golden Gate Avenue (between Polk and Larkin), San Francisco
The San Francisco Republican Party will hold its monthly Central Committee meeting. Endorsements for the November election will be considered.