GOP Executive Committee Recommends Endorsing Kersey, Sherman, and Ellis
Mark Kersey gave a first rate account of his history with the party and how he has been involved in many political battles including Prop. D and managed competition propositions. He is a true Republican, committed to fiscal reform and will be an excellent successor to Carl DeMaio's very Republican district.
Scott Sherman exemplified a family man who has been in San Diego his entire life. As well as running his own insurance business, Sherman has been involved in many charities. He stated that his top priority will be to restore neighborhood services to the levels that residents pay for and deserve. He is supported by ultra-fiscal conservative April Bolilng, who tragically lost this district by less than a thousand votes during the Obama wave of 2008.
Ray Ellis is a polished gentleman that seems like a great fit to run against incumbent Sherri Lightner. Ray is a very successful businessman and has been a long time supporter of Republican causes. He offered many ideas to streamline government into being run more efficiently. In later discussions, he highlighted that he believed services such as the water department could be operated to a level much more beneficial to taxpayers, ultimately lowering citizens' rates. D1 will be the most contested City Council race of 2012, and Ray seems up for the challenge.
My personal commentary is that this really was a great trio. While they all varied in age and demeanor, they all came from private sector backgrounds. It was refreshing to hear them highlight their experiences in business and how that could translate to better value of city services for taxpayers. Combined with their commitment to CPR, managed competition, and no new taxes, myself and the rest of the GOP Executive Committee are very proud to have these candidates running and encourage Republicans and fiscal conservatives to consider supporting their campaigns.