Three Ramonans seek offices in June 5 primary election
By Karen Brainard
Three Ramona residents are running for offices in the June 5 primary: John Rajcic for San Diego County Board of Education, Gary George Kreep for Superior Court judge, and John Boruff for U.S. Senate.
John Rajcic, a 17-year-resident of Ramona, said he decided to run for county school board when he learned that Board President Mark Anderson of District 4 was running unopposed.
As a former teacher, college instructor, and deputy superintendent of schools for the Irvine Unified School District, Rajcic said he is an advocate for teachers.
“The key to any successful education program is the teachers,” he said. Rajcic questioned how the Ramona Unified School District can justify four superintendents.
“Administration is becoming so specialized,” he said.
“We’re going through some difficult financial times,” said Rajcic. “I see these as maybe times to do a lot of restructuring.”
Rajcic believes schools must provide a strong basic education, stress academic excellence, and be safe and healthy learning environments. He noted that his four children and nine grandchildren have all attended public schools.
In addition to his educational roles, Rajcic has served as vice president/general manager of the Kawai America Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of pianos and other musical instruments, and was assistant chief of staff for the 6th Army.
Rajcic received his Bachelor of Arts from University of Minnesota, Master of Science from University of Southern California and doctorate from Claremont Graduate University. He is also a graduate of Army Command and Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Penn.
Borrowing a line from President Reagan, the 81-year-old Rajcic said: “I will not make age an issue in this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political reasons, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”
To learn more about Rajcic, see www.jrajcic.com.
Gary Kreep, a constitutional law attorney with a practice in Ramona, said he is running for Superior Court judge because judges make laws every day and he’s tired of seeing bad laws made in courts.
The vast majority of judges in San Diego County are former government employees, said Kreep.
“They’re all prosecutors,” he said, adding that many do not have experience in such areas of law as family, civil, probate, and juvenile, so they learn on the job.
“I think that’s just wrong,” said Kreep.
Kreep said he has experience in every type of case, not just criminal, during his 36 years as an attorney.
If elected, Kreep said, “from day one I know what I’m doing instead of learning on the job.”
For over 33 years, Kreep has served as the chief exexecutive officer and general counsel of the United States Justice Foundation, a nationwide, nonprofit, conservative, legal foundation. He provides pro bono legal help for first and second amendment cases around the country and has been involved in cases that have gone before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Kreep said he is the lead attorney in the civil case involving Sgt. Gary Stein, the U.S. Marine who was dismissed for criticizing President Obama on Facebook.
Kreep received his undergraduate degree from University of California San Diego in 1972 and his law degree from University of San Diego in 1978.
A Ramona resident since 2004, Kreep previously lived in Valley Center. To learn more about Kreep, see www.GaryKreepforjudge.com.
John Boruff, a longtime Ramonan and businessman, is hoping to be the Republican candidate elected to challenge Democrat incumbent Dianne Feinstein for her U.S. Senate seat.
“People feel like they have no voice in Washington,” Boruff said. The Ramona resident said he can give them that voice and will not be swayed by special interest groups.
Boruff is president of Palomar Property Management, based in Escondido and serving all of North County. He has over 30 years of business experience in the automotive industry that has given him direct dealings with government agencies. Boruff said he has experienced firsthand the burdens that many government regulations have put on businesses.
Boruff has been traveling around Southern California speaking at events, meeting people and “finding out what’s going on at the street level.” Citizens have been receptive to the fact that he is a businessman and not a career politician, said Boruff.
“People just love my resume and are ready for change,” he said.
“What we know is we have an economy that’s not working…We need to get the economy turned around and job creation ideas out there,” he said.
To do that, Boruff believes tax reform is necessary and a system should be implemented that makes sense and is fair for everyone. Boruff also supports revoking the federal healthcare law, often called Obamacare.
For more information on Boruff, visit www.johnboruff.com.
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