T.J. Zane selected as local GOP’s new Executive Director

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T. J. Zane, who over the last several years has been instrumental in building the Lincoln Club of San Diego into one of the most prominent political forces in the area, was announced today as the Executive Director of the Republican Party of San Diego County.

“I’m honored that Tony Krvaric has asked me to serve as the new Executive Director,” Zane told Rostra. “Chairman Krvaric has grown the Republican Party into one of the most effective political party organizations in California. Building upon the strong foundation left by his predecessor, Ron Nehring, Tony leads a committee that is indispensible to Republican candidates in San Diego. By marshaling the volunteer base of the party and skillful fundraising, the Republican Party has made the crucial difference in every recent election.”

From the Republican Party…

SAN DIEGO – Chairman Tony Krvaric on Wednesday announced the appointment of T.J. Zane as Executive Director for the Republican Party of San Diego County.

“T.J. Zane has a proven track record of growing and leading a political organization, is widely respected, and will help us improve and expand our ability to elect and re-elect Republicans across the county,” said Krvaric.

“I am excited for this opportunity to lead one of the best organized and influential county Republican parties in America and appreciate Chairman Krvaric’s confidence. With well over 200 offices up for election in 2016 we have a lot of work ahead of us and I’m eager to get started,” said Zane.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer: “T.J. has been a force for fiscal reform in San Diego and will be a great addition as Executive Director for the Republican Party of San Diego County.”

Board of Equalization Member Diane Harkey: “T.J. has been at the epicenter of just about every major center-right political victory in the city and county of San Diego for at least the past five years. He’s like a master mechanic who knows how to get things done and finds creative ways to win. I’m thrilled he’ll be working with Chairman Krvaric to help elect more Republicans.”

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed: “T.J. is a great addition to the County Party’s professional team and I look forward to working with him to create more Republican victories here in Escondido and throughout all of North County.”

Oceanside Councilman Jerry Kern: “T.J. is a natural for this role. His tactical knowledge was tremendously helpful in winning some huge political victories in Oceanside and throughout San Diego County in recent years.”

Chula Vista Councilman John McCann: “T.J. has been an effective leader at advancing pro-business policies that create jobs, lower taxes and strengthen our local economy in the South Bay and beyond.”

El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells: “T.J. has a talent for identifying opportunities for political success and mobilizing people around his ideas. I’ve enjoyed working with him in East County and I’m sure he’ll deliver for local Republicans.”

About Zane: T.J. Zane has nearly 20 years of professional experience providing direct management and consulting services for political action committees, ballot initiative committees, and candidates for public office at every level of government.

Zane served over seven years as the chief executive for the Lincoln Club of San Diego County, growing the organization into the region’s then-largest and most influential pro-business political action committee. Recently, Zane was focused on developing the San Diego County Prosperity Institute (and Foundation), two non-profits he incorporated in 2013, and was elected to the Poway Unified School District’s Board of Trustees.

Zane also serves as a board member for the San Diego-Imperial Council of the Boy Scouts of America and is married with three children.

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  1. No, there isn’t. No different than any conflicts that would arise for any elected official whose employer may have business in the jurisdiction. In those cases, a recusal may be necessary, as it may be for any elected official. The political or partisan nature of the employment makes it no different than any other.

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  3. T.A.,

    I hope (and assume) that the attorneys at San Diego Unified opined on whether or not Barrera could remain on the school board. I also hope (and assume) that the attorneys at Poway Unified will will do the same.

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