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San Diego Gun Owners PAC Unveil Voter Guide with Endorsed North County Candidates for November General Election

San Diego CA— San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO), a political action committee promoting Second Amendment rights, has announced its Voter Guide of endorsements of North County candidates for the November 3 general election.

SDCGO’s list of endorsed candidates includes San Diego County Supervisor Kristen Gaspar for reelection to the District 3 seat. Incumbent Gaspar was first elected in 2016. District 3 includes parts of coastal San Diego and the cities of Encinitas, Escondido, Solana Beach and Del Mar.

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Michael Schwartz, SDCGO Executive Director

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

“It was a rigorous process that involved asking a lot of questions,” said Schwartz. “We interviewed the candidates, checked-out their claims, tracked down the facts, talked to constituents and then debated the choices. But, it is a privilege to offer these endorsements of would-be elected leaders. Electing the right leaders is the only way to make a difference and more effectively restore and preserve our Second Amendment rights.”

Schwartz said SDCGO’s list of endorsed candidates does not include every race in San Diego County.

“If someone’s name does not appear on our voter guide, then it is safe to assume we are not recommending a vote for them,” he said. “A lot of candidates were considered who did not earn our endorsement. If a voter cannot verify support for the Second Amendment between two candidates in a specific race, then we recommend leaving the ballot blank. Give only good candidates your support because together we will win.”

Schwartz said voters should refer to the websites of statewide and national Second Amendment organizations to review endorsements of candidates for state and federal public offices.

“It is crucial that voters elect solidly pro-gun candidates who will speak out and 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 as 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 other North County candidates also endorsed by SDCGO:

  • Rocky Chavez, mayor, City of Oceanside;
  • Tina Inscoe (District 2), Joe Garcia (District 3), Mike Morasco (District 4), Escondido City Council;
  • Ryan Keim (District 3), Peter Weiss (District 4), Oceanside City Council;
  • Keith Blackburn (District 2), Carlsbad City Council;
  • Amanda Rigby (District 3), Joe Green (District 2), Vista City Council;
  • Leslie Schneider (Area 2), Michael Allman (Area 4), San Dieguito Union High School District;
  • Dane White (District 4), Escondido Union High School District.
  • Lee De Meo, North County Fire Protection District in Fallbrook.

San Diego County Gun Owners

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 exceeding 2,000 individuals, the PAC provides news and information on new gun laws and Second Amendment advocacy. 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. SDCGO features a diverse and inclusive membership with representatives the LGBT, Latino, African American, Asian and Pacific Islander communities. While every U.S. state has a Second Amendment PAC, along with several nationwide gun rights PACs, the SDCGO is believed to be the America’s first, strictly local, countywide Second Amendment advocacy organization. For more information, visit www.sandiegocountygunowners.com.