After announcing our launch on October 21, San Diego County Gun Owners PAC received numerous inquiries about our ratings from both concerned city councilmembers, wanting to change their rating, and concerned voters who wanted to know why their elected official received a positive or negative rating. After reviewing information provided to us about some of the local city council members, SDCGO PAC has made two significant updates.
Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar (R) is running for San Diego County Board of Supervisors. On January 30, 2013, Gaspar voted in favor of a gun ban while serving on the Encinitas city council. “There is nothing reasonable about a ban,” said Michael Schwartz, Executive Director of San Diego County Gun Owners. “I can’t imagine why she thought this was ok, but we certainly do not want somebody with this vote on their record moving up to the County Board of Supervisors where they make decisions on many of San Diego’s gun ranges and shops. Voting for a gun ban is as aggressively anti-Second Amendment and anti-liberty as it gets.”
Mayor Gaspar has earned a “thumbs down” in light of this information. “We expect her to give lip service to voters, saying she’s changed her mind, but many candidates pander in an election year when they are running for higher office and looking for support. Her voting record is what we can trust and that record is bad on the Second Amendment,” stated Schwartz.
La Mesa City Council Member Kristine Alessio (R) is recently elected and is proving to be a fantastic representative of her constituents! After an in depth interview and review of public comments favoring better mental healthcare and opposition to gun bans, San Diego County Gun Owners is proud to reflect a “thumbs up” rating for Council Member Alessio.
Alessio also has signed the SDCGO’s pledge which asks each city council member in San Diego County “to meet with San Diego County Gun Owners and discuss any proposed legislation that involved firearms…” before a vote. Her commitment to defending the Second Amendment and discussing any legislation with SDCGO prior to a vote should be commended and is represented on our ratings page.