By Deborah Baber Savalla
Here’s the report…Just the facts, please!
In the May 12 Special Elections involving the State Senate District 28 and U.S. Congressional District 25, Republicans are winning. In the State Senate race, with 100% of precincts reporting, the Secretary of State posts that Republican Melissa Melendez bests Democrat Elizabeth Romero 55.9% to 44.1%.
(Votes are still being counted, so results may change)
In the other special election for CD 25, Republican Mike Garcia enjoys a 2-digit lead over Democrat challenger and sitting Assemblywoman Christy Smith. Early results show Garcia ahead of Smith by 15% in Ventura County and by 10% in Los Angeles. VoteCal, the Secretary of State website, notes that with 100% of precincts reporting, Republican Garcia bests Democrat Smith by double-digits, Republican Garcia’s 55.9% to Democrat Smith’s 44.1%.
May is Military Appreciation Month. A year ago, Republican Mike Garcia, a highly decorated Navy fighter pilot, attended the May meeting of the Channel Islands Republican Women Federated club. First and most importantly, we were proud to welcome him as a veteran… and second to have him among us as a Republican! We were honored to have Mike lead our membership in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mike’s salute to our flag is a reminder that military personnel, law enforcement, first responders, and all elected officials swear to uphold our Constitution with their lives! That is heavy-duty!
Two months earlier in March 2019, Mike had announced his candidacy for US Congress in District 25 which encompasses most of Simi Valley and a large swath of Los Angeles County. I saw him first at a meeting of the Simi Valley-Moorpark Republican Women Federated led, at that time, by President Pat Saraceno. Mike had tossed his hat into the ring, ready to fight and win back a seat that had been held by Republicans for over a quarter of a century!
As fate, and Democrat proclivities would have it, Mike’s opponent, newcomer Democrat Katie Hill, was forced to resign in disgrace because of predatory sexual practices! (She and her husband allegedly had intimate three-some encounters with a female staffer nearly a decade younger than they. The steamy photos released, and subsequent resignation certainly appear to confirm Democrat Katie Hill was “involved”.)
The bylaws of Republican Federated Women include a restriction that members must not support one Republican over the other until “the “’Republican’ people” have spoken! Mike Garcia won the Republican primary as one of the top-two, “jungle primary” candidates. Our Club and its members were happy and proud to support this fine man. Most of our membership cannot vote for Mike but we are smart enough to know that when Congress passes laws, they affect ALL of us. Having this highly decorated and accomplished man, husband, and father win a Congressional seat NOW in this special election is something all Republicans can support!
We invite you to join us in celebrating selfless service to our country… exactly as our founders centuries ago envisioned!
Deborah Baber Savalla is a member of the Channel Islands Republican Women Federated: I am a former New York City book publishing executive with over 20 years of experience. I believe in moral clarity because it leads naturally to personal responsibility which WILL RESULT in small governments. I am honored to be the President of the Channel Islands Republican Women Federated (CIRWF) and privileged to work for Citizens Journal. I write columns and editorials for the Journal as a private citizen and not as staff or as President of CIRWF. I strive to be scrupulous when identifying my work as a private citizen versus that of a reporter or Journal contributor. The views expressed as a private individual are mine alone and are not necessarily that of Citizens Journal nor that of CIRWF.