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Op-Ed: Gun Owners Political Action Committee Announces November 6th Endorsements

San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO), a political action committee promoting Second Amendment rights, has announced its endorsement of North County candidates for the Nov. 6 election.

According to Michael Schwartz, executive director, SDCGO, each candidate was interviewed in person and research was completed on their voting record to preserve the Second Amendment, as well as their public comments and character. Then, SDCGO’s advisory board ratified each endorsement.

“It is crucial that voters elect solidly pro-gun candidates who will defend the fundamental right to self defense for law-abiding citizens, oppose an extremist gun-control agenda, and stand strong in support of the Second Amendment,” said Schwartz. “We take seriously these endorsements. We are proud to support local candidates who believe the purpose of the Second Amendment is an important and valuable individual right. We are committed to restoring and protecting our rights in California by getting volunteers involved in local level activism and outreach.”

“It is crucial that voters elect solidly pro-gun candidates who will defend the fundamental right to self defense for law-abiding citizens, oppose an extremist gun-control agenda, and stand strong in support of the Second Amendment,” said Schwartz, a resident of Santee. “We take seriously these endorsements. We are proud to support local candidates who believe the purpose of the Second Amendment is an important and valuable individual right. We are committed to restoring and protecting our rights in California by getting volunteers involved in local level activism and outreach.”

Among SDCGO endorsements for North County city council races for the Nov. 6 election: John Masson, Ed Gallo, Escondido, and Sam Abed, Escondido Mayor; John Mullin, Poway, and Steve Vaus, Poway mayor; Mike Sannella, Cliff Ireland, San Marcos, and Rebecca Jones, San Marcos Mayor; John Franklin, John Aguilera, Vista; Christopher Rodriguez, Susan Custer, Oceanside.

Other SDCGO endorsements include: Jim Desmond, County Board of Supervisors, 5th District; Daniel Iman, Oceanside Unified School Board of Trustees; Gina Roberts, Valley Center Pauma Unified School District; Steve Hasty, MiraCosta Community College District; Erin Lump, Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District; Rocky Chavez, Tri-City Healthcare District.

Desmond is running to replace Bill Horn, who is leaving office due to term limits. The North County district, with about 620,000 residents, includes the cities of San Marcos, Vista, Oceanside and Carlsbad, as well as unincorporated communities ranging from Rancho Santa Fe to Fallbrook to Borrego Springs.

Founded in 2015, the San Diego County Gun Owners is a registered political action committee (FPPC ID #1379388) and advocacy organization focused on organizing the gun industry and community and protecting the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment right to bear arms. With a membership nearing 1,000 individuals, the PAC provides news and information on new gun laws and Second Amendment advocacy. Membership dues range from $10 per month to $1,000 annually. Its sponsored events include gun safety classes, small gun shows, sporting clay shoots, social gatherings and pistol, rifle and shotgun experiences taught by professional instructors. For more information, visit www.sandiegocountygunowners.com.