McNamara takes lead in contest with Mayor Abed

If the trend continues, Paul McNamara will be sworn in December 12 as the next mayor of Escondido. The retired Marine Colonel as of Monday night was leading Mayor Sam Abed by about 900 votes and has been since last week as the Registrar of Voters continues its snail’s pace of counting votes. The Registrar is expected to certify the […]

New optimism in McNamara mayoral campaign

Yesterday, for the first time, the vote counting in the Sam Abed-Paul McNamara election for mayor of Escondido  thrust McNamara into the lead. At 5 p.m. the Registrar of Voters updated their count to show McNamara with 16,064 (50.37%) to Abed’s 15,827 (49.63%.) Paul McNamara told the Times-Advocate this morning: “We were told there are 1800 provisionals left to count […]

Superior Court Judge Gary Kreep seeks reelection

Superior court Judge Gary Kreep seeks reelection. Superior court terms are for six years. Kreep is a resident of Ramona.  Kreep told the newspaper, “I’m viewed by many of my colleagues as one of the hardest working judges. When I go on vacation or get sick it takes at least two and sometimes three judges to handle my cases. I’m […]

Candidate Consuelo Martinez canvasses District 1

Candidate Consuelo Martinez is canvassing the homes of District 1 in quest of winning the city council seat for the district. “I’m visiting houses in the district, canvassing and talking to the voters about the issues.” In the process of doing that, Martinez discovered one issue she had not been aware of: “A large part of Escondido doesn’t get their […]

Judge candidate Matt Brower says he wants to resort ethical conduct to the bench

Deputy District Attorney Matt Brower is running for Superior Court Judge, Seat 37, whose incumbent is Gary Kreep. Brower describes himself as “A San Diego native who left the area when I was a child because my dad got a job in Susanville, where I went K-12. I’m familiar with small towns.” Brower was commissioned a second lieutenant in the […]

Convenient drop-off locations for mail ballot voters

Mail ballot voters have options when it comes to turning in their ballots for the Nov. 6 Gubernatorial General Election. They can send in their ballot by mail, drop it off at the Registrar of Voters Office in Kearny Mesa or drop it off at any one of 59 additional sites throughout the county before Election Day. The drop-off sites […]

Last debate gets lively as mayoral candidates take off the gloves

Is the city of Escondido poised on the edge of the Slough of Despond or “already arrived” in terms of America’s finest city (with apologies to that “other” city)? Depends on which candidate for mayor you ask. Last week Mayoral candidate Paul McNamara stressed the “Escondido has problems” side of the equation while Mayor Sam Abed hove to the “the […]

Georgine Tomasi wants to be advocate for children, parents and teachers

Georgine Tomasi is running for the District 4 seat on the Escondido Elementary School board seat held by incumbent Zesty Harper. Mrs. Tomasi was a high school American history teacher for 17 years in New Jersey before moving to the Golden State. For 20 years she has been a representative of the California Teachers Association, serving area school districts and […]

Rick Engel is the only doctor running for hospital board

Rick Engel is a candidate for the Palomar Hospital Board. He is one of ten candidates on a ballot that has four seats to fill. He is a doctor, an anesthesiologist who has practiced since 1989.  His medical practice has been primarily in the Palomar system and he has been part of the medical staff leadership. He was chief of […]

Championing fiscal responsibility remains Ed Gallo’s main cause

Ed Gallo, the incumbent city councilman running in the First District, has his causes. One of them, he says, has always been fiscal responsibility. “I always look at where we are spending all our money.” I learned a bit more about this when we met for breakfast last week at Charlie’s, a longtime breakfast and lunch favorite that is almost […]

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