Art Pedroza’s Santiago Loft fundraiser a great success!


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Mercy and Mike Tardif, Art Pedroza and Jeanne MacIntyre

If you have never been to the Santiago Lofts Art Walk, you are missing out!  My Campaign Co-Chair, Mike Tardif, and his awesome family worked very hard to put together a fundraiser for my campaign last night, at a loft belonging to our friend and supporter Bob Adams.  (Thank you Mike and family and Bob!)  It coincided with the Art Walk and I am happy to report that everyone had a great time.

Art Pedroza and Kevin Takenaga, the State Chair of the California Libertarian Party

We had a great turnout including a number of local political candidates and activists from all the political parties.  Kevin Takenaga, the Chairman of the California Libertarian Party, flew down from the Bay Area to attend our event (see picture above).  Libertarian Congressional candidate Christopher Agrella also attended.  Thanks guys!

Local candidates in attendance included Irene Ibarra, who is a leading candidate for the Santa Ana Unified School District’s Board of Education, as well as George Collins, who is running for Santa Ana Mayor, and Jim Walker, who is running for Ward 1 on the Santa Ana City Council.

Jacob Pedroza, Art Pedroza, Larry Gilbert, Ryan Trabuco and Phil Bacerra

And our bloggers were there in full force too!  Larry Gilbert drove up from Mission Viejo.  Terry Crowley drove all the way from Missouri.  Carl Overmeyer was there too as was our web mistress, Sarah Spinosa.  And our former blogger Ryan Trabuco drove from San Diego, where is now a member of the San Diego Republican Party Central Committee.  And we all missed Vern Nelson, who I believe had a family event to attend, and Thomas Gordon who is vacationing in Denver.

Terry Crowley, Art Pedroza, Bea and Jose Fernandez

We were also very happy that many of our friends and supporters could be there, including my sister in law Jeanne (who works at the wonderful Skinsations Spa in Tustin) and her husband Bob MacIntyre; Jose and Bea Fernandez; Rico Garcia; Jon Aiken; Jaquita Deter and her wonderful family; Erick Plascencia; Tere Parker: Phil Bacerra; Daniel Bernal and his friends, and many others.

Camille, Becky and Art Pedroza
Camille, Becky and Art Pedroza

Another big thank you to Mike Tardif and his family, to my own family, and to our awesome caterers from La Chiquita Restaurant (the food was fantastic)!

I have worked in and around politics for over fifteen years – and I have never seen so many folks from so many political viewpoints come together in support of a candidate.  I am very fortunate to have such great friends from all over the political spectrum.  Trust me when I tell you that there were quite a few incredible conversations last night – until the wee hours.

You can see more pictures from this event at my Myspace page.


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"Admin" is just editor Vern Nelson or associate editor Greg Diamond sharing something that they mostly didn't write themselves, but think you should see. Before December 2010, "Admin" may have been former blog owner Art Pedroza.