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East County News Service

Photo, Michael Schwartz, executive director, SDCGO

November 6, 2018 (San Diego's East County) – San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO), a Santee-based political action committee promoting Second Amendment rights, has announced its endorsement of East County candidates for the Nov. 6 election.

According to Michael Schwartz, executive director, SDCGO, each candidate was interviewed in person and research was completed on their voting record to preserve the Second Amendment, as well as their public comments and character. Then, SDCGO's advisory board ratified each endorsement.

“It is crucial that voters elect solidly pro-gun candidates who will defend the fundamental right to self defense for law-abiding citizens, oppose an extremist gun-control agenda, and stand strong in support of the Second Amendment,” said Schwartz, a resident of Santee. “We take seriously these endorsements. We are proud to support local candidates who believe the purpose of the Second Amendment is an important and valuable individual right. We are committed to restoring and protecting our rights in California by getting volunteers involved in local level activism and outreach.”

Among SDCGO endorsements for the Nov. 6 general election: Bill Wells, El Cajon Mayor; Gary Kendrick, El Cajon City Council; Guy McWhirter and Bill Baber, La Mesa City Council; Ronn Hall, Laura Koval, Rob McNelis, Santee City Council; Jill Barto, Jo Alegria, Cajon Valley School District; Andrew Hayes, Lakeside School District; Megan Epperson, La Mesa-Spring Valley School District; John Olsen and Bill Exeter, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District; Frank Hilliker, Lakeside Water District; Steve Robak, Lakeside Community Planning Group; Louis Russo, Alpine Community Planning Group and Alpine Union School District.


Founded in 2015, the San Diego County Gun Owners is a registered political action committee (FPPC ID #1379388) and advocacy organization focused on organizing the gun industry and community and protecting the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment right to bear arms. With a membership exceeding 1,000 individuals, the PAC provides news and information on new gun laws and Second Amendment advocacy. Its sponsored events include gun safety classes, small gun shows, sporting clay shoots, social gatherings and pistol, rifle and shotgun experiences taught by professional instructors. For more information, visit


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